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24 July, 2014

Credit union rules to change

Commerce Minister Craig Foss says changes are underway to give credit unions improved legal status and promote innovation, efficiency and accountability in the industry.

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23 July, 2014

Foss announces commerce reappointments

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced four reappointments to various independent Crown entities and statutory bodies.

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22 July, 2014

Standards and Accreditation Bill introduced

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the introduction of a Bill to strengthen the development and delivery of New Zealand Standards.

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17 July, 2014

Single Business Number for all businesses by 2017

The goal of a single business number for all kiwi businesses to use in their dealings with Government agencies has moved a big step closer with a decision that all key government agencies that work regularly with businesses will be required to recognise and use the new New Zealand Business Number by the end of 2017.

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9 July, 2014

Feedback sought on Responsible Lending Code

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss is inviting feedback on the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Amendment Act’s Responsible Lending Code.

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7 July, 2014

NZX granted exemption

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced he is granting a ministerial exemption to allow NZX to establish a new growth market with an alternative disclosure regime.

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1 July, 2014

Financial service provider regime improved

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss today welcomed a range of new measures to strengthen the financial service provider registration and dispute resolution regime.

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1 July, 2014

Lower fees for KiwiSaver default schemes

Commerce Minister Craig Foss says nine KiwiSaver default providers start their seven year appointment today, offering lower fees for investors.

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30 June, 2014

Import tariffs on building materials lifted from 1 July

Import tariffs on a range of building products will be temporarily suspended from tomorrow – a measure which is expected to reduce housing costs and increase competition in the residential construction sector, Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Commerce Minister Craig Foss announced this afternoon.

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24 June, 2014

Company registration bill passes into law

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the passing of a bill to protect New Zealand’s international reputation as a trusted place to do business.

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24 June, 2014

Foss announces commerce appointments

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced appointments to the Testing Laboratory Registration Council, Standards Council and board of the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).

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24 June, 2014

Cross-Appointments to the NZ and Australian Takeovers Panels

We are pleased to announce the cross-appointments of Mr David Oliver Jones MNZM to the Australian Takeovers Panel and Mr Richard Hunt to the New Zealand Takeovers Panel.

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17 June, 2014

Good news for consumers

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says changes to consumer law coming into effect today will strengthen consumer rights across all types of transactions.

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16 June, 2014

New regulations to help DIMS industry

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced changes to the regulation of discretionary investment management services (DIMS) to ensure investors are well protected and the regulatory regime works for smaller players.

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16 June, 2014

Online help if your child swallows a battery

Safekids Aotearoa has unveiled a new online tool to help health professionals treat children who have swallowed button batteries.

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12 June, 2014

Screen NZ formed to boost NZ’s profile on world stage

The government today announced the formation of Screen New Zealand, a new ‘virtual agency’ that formalises the collaboration of three existing screen agencies.

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11 June, 2014

Minister to attend trans-Tasman consumer forum

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss will travel to Australia today to attend a trans-Tasman consumer affairs forum.

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10 June, 2014

Going Digital on time and under budget

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss says the Going Digital programme has wrapped up on time and under budget.

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3 June, 2014

Feedback sought on public interest test

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today released a discussion paper seeking feedback on options for introducing a bounded public interest test into New Zealand’s anti-dumping regime.

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1 June, 2014

Kiwis urged to be vigilant online

Raising awareness of online scams is the key focus for this year’s Fraud Awareness Week, Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says.

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27 May, 2014

More protection from loan sharks

A Bill making the biggest changes to consumer credit legislation in more than a decade has passed its third reading in Parliament today, Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says.

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21 May, 2014

Budget 2014: Better access to NZ’s TV heritage

The TVNZ archive, including over 500,000 hours of original New Zealand television, is set to become much more accessible, Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss and Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne say.

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20 May, 2014

Select Committee reports back on ‘AIR’ Bill

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today welcomed the Commerce Select Committee report on a Bill to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the accounting and audit industries.

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20 May, 2014

Feedback sought on disclosure statements

Commerce Minister Craig Foss is welcoming feedback on the content of financial product disclosure statements.

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15 May, 2014

Duties and tariffs on building products removed

Duties on plasterboard, reinforcing steel bar and wire nails and tariffs on building products like roofing, cladding, insulation, paints, electrical and plumbing fittings will be removed temporarily to increase competition and improve housing affordability.

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1 May, 2014

Commerce appointments announced

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced appointments to the Commerce Commission and Financial Markets Authority (FMA).

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30 April, 2014

Broadcasting appointments announced

Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss has today announced new appointments and reappointments to the Boards of Television New Zealand Ltd (TVNZ) and Radio New Zealand Ltd (RNZ).

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16 April, 2014

Asia Region Funds Passport initiative progresses

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today released a consultation paper on the Asia Region Funds Passport initiative, which will open up opportunities for cross-border offerings of managed funds.

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10 April, 2014

Loan Shark Bill passes second reading

A Bill that overhauls consumer credit laws to ensure that the interests of consumers are protected has passed its second reading in Parliament today says Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss.

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10 April, 2014

Appointments to the Copyright Tribunal

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced the appointment of Sarah-Jane Weir to the Copyright Tribunal for a term of three years.

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