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16 June 2014

Craig Foss | Consumer Affairs

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says changes to consumer law coming into effect today will strengthen consumer rights across all types of transactions. “Key changes under the Consumer Law Reform Bill swing into action today. Consumers will have the same rights when purchasing goods and services regardless of whether they buy online, in a store, by auction, over the phone, at home or anywhere else,” Mr Foss says. ...

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16 June 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

Good morning.  It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the launch of Connect Smart Week. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the contribution made by our sponsors and partners. By supporting Connect Smart you play a key role in ensuring that New Zealanders the length and breadth of the country are empowered to make themselves and their businesses more secure online. In addition, we have about 50 partners for the Connect Smart campaign, including government agencies, businesses and non-government organisations or industry bodies.  ...

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16 June 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

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. DIMS include any service where the provider decides which financial products to buy or sell on behalf of their client, without having to get their client’s agreement to the transaction. ...

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15 June 2014

Tony Ryall | Consumer Affairs

Safekids Aotearoa has unveiled a new online tool to help health professionals treat children who have swallowed button batteries. Health Minister Tony Ryall says the tool, which has been developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health, provides doctors and nurses with immediate diagnosis and treatment information. “If a child swallows a battery it’s important they receive prompt care. Button batteries can get stuck in the throat, nose or ear canal which can have very serious consequences,” says Mr Ryall. ...

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11 June 2014

Craig Foss | Consumer Affairs

Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss will travel to Australia today to attend a trans-Tasman consumer affairs forum. The two-day Legislative and Governance Forum on Consumer Affairs (CAF) begins in Cairns on Thursday. Mr Foss will join Australian Commonwealth, state and territory ministers to discuss a range of consumer affairs and fair trading matters. “CAF is an excellent opportunity to advance the Single Economic Market agenda and establish a joint approach to international consumer issues,” Mr Foss says. ...

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3 June 2014

Craig Foss | Commerce

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. “The development of a public interest test is part of the Government’s on-going work to improve housing affordability.  It follows the removal of duties and tariffs on imported building material, as announced in the budget,” Mr Foss says. ...

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1 June 2014

Craig Foss | Consumer Affairs

Raising awareness of online scams is the key focus for this year’s Fraud Awareness Week, Consumer Affairs Minister Craig Foss says. “Online scams are increasingly sophisticated and can fool even the most tech-savvy among us,” Mr Foss says.  “At any one time there are thousands of fraudsters online looking for victims using dating scams, fake job adverts, cloned Facebook profiles and bogus online trading sites. ...

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29 May 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams says 4G mobile technology is a step closer following the Commerce Commerce’s decision to grant Telecom clearance to acquire 2x20 MHz in the 700 MHz band. “Network operators can get on with building their 4G networks and providing consumers with world-class technology,” Ms Adams says. The 700 MHz band will be used for 4G-LTE networks, capable of mobile broadband data speeds up to ten times faster than current 3G networks. ...

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27 May 2014

Craig Foss | Consumer Affairs

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. The Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill protects the interests of borrowers and requires lenders to act responsibly. ...

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22 May 2014

Amy Adams | Communications and Information Technology

Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced the two sets of options that will be used for assigning the 700 MHz radio spectrum band between the successful bidders in the Government’s recent auction. One set of options for assigning which positions (frequencies) within the 700 MHz band each bidder will acquire will be used if the Commerce Commission decides in favour of Telecom’s purchase of 2x20 MHz of the spectrum. ...

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