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Competition policy

We provide policy advice on the Commerce Act and the application of competition policy to specific sectors.  This ensures a competitive environment that supports innovative and efficient business enterprise. 

We also provide purchase advice on the Commerce Commission and the international dimensions of competition policy. 

In this area

Cartel criminalisation

The Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill was reported back by the Commerce Committee on 13 May 2013.




Competition legislation

Competition legislation and regulations administered by the Ministry:

Commerce Act 1986

Commerce Act (Fees) Regulations 1990

Commerce (Levy on Suppliers of Regulated Goods and Services) Regulations 2009 

[internal link] About the Commerce Commission.

We are the monitoring agent for the Commerce Commission.  The Commission is an independent Crown Entity that enforces legislation that promotes competition in New Zealand markets.

Related websites 

Commerce Commission


Commerce Act Fees review

On 7 May 2014 the Ministry released a discussion document on the review of the clearance and authorisation application fees under the Commerce Act 1986.

Read more about Commerce Act Fees review

Regulation of competition in international shipping

The Government has announced that international shipping to and from New Zealand will be regulated under the Commerce Act, improving oversight and delivering competitive outcomes for exporting industries.

Read more about Regulation of competition in international shipping

Part 4 of the Commerce Act

Submissions and other information about the review of regulatory control provisions of the Commerce Act.

Read more about Part 4 of the Commerce Act