Big supermarket chains face stiff fines for not treating small suppliers fairly, thanks to the Labour Government’s new Grocery Code of Conduct.
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Parliament has tonight passed the final leg of reforms to make sure New Zealanders have safe, reliable and affordable drinking water.
Pierre van Heerden has been appointed as the first Grocery Commissioner, in the latest move to improve competition in the sector, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Duncan Webb announced today.
Big supermarkets are being stopped from locking competitors out of prime locations, with restrictions having been removed from more than 140 pieces of land following Government action, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Duncan Webb says.
The Government will build on its measures to improve competition and transparency around building materials, with its response to the Commerce Commission’s market study into Residential Building Supplies published today.
The Government is proposing new unit pricing measures that will help Kiwis make informed decisions at the checkout and improve competition at the supermarket.
The Government has announced that changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA) will come into force in May, improving safe access to credit for Kiwis.
People whose homes have been damaged by a natural disaster – like Cyclone Gabrielle and the recent floods across various parts of the North Island - will now have access to a new service to assist and support them if their insurance claims get stuck.
The Government is making it easier for people in financial difficulty as a result of the catastrophic flooding to get temporary credit.
The Government is putting in place rules that will make it easier for consumers to compare the price of grocery products at the supermarket.
The Water Services Economic Efficiency and Consumer Protection Bill and Water Services Legislation Bill have been introduced to Parliament today, following the passage of the Water Services Entities Act.
The Government will take action to increase competition in the residential building supplies sector following the release of the Commerce Commission’s market study final report.
The Bill to trigger an unprecedented shake-up of the grocery sector and deliver New Zealanders a fairer deal at the checkout and help tackle cost of living pressures is ready for its first reading at Parliament.
The Government has announced moves to increase bank competition and deliver a better deal for New Zealanders with the introduction of open banking.
Better checks to stop vulnerable consumers landing themselves in Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) debt traps are on the way, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Dr David Clark announced today.
New Zealanders are not getting a fair deal on some key residential building supplies and while the Government has already driven improvements in the sector, a Commerce Commission review finds that changes are needed to make it more competitive.
The Government is clarifying the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance (CCCFA) Regulations, to ensure borrow-ready kiwis aren’t being unfairly penalised when applying for a loan.