2016 News releases

Job advertisements grew in November – MBIE Jobs Online Report
The number of online job advertisements grew by 0.9 per cent in November 2016 and by 12.2 per cent over the year to November, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online report.
Returning unwanted Christmas presents – what are your rights?
Despite our best efforts to find the perfect gift, it pays to know a retailer’s return policies and whether you can ask for an exchange card when Christmas shopping, says Consumer Protection.
Didn’t get what you expected this Christmas?
It might not work, it might break on first use, or maybe it just doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. Before you create a rubbish pile labelled ‘Christmas junk’, Consumer Protection urges you to be aware of your rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act (CGA).
The proof is in the pudding, or rather the quote
For many of us, the summer break is a chance to take care of the house ‘to do’ list. Whatever the renovation, asking for a written quote to know the cost before you agree to the service is the advice from Consumer Protection this summer.
Add protective gear to the Christmas list
If all the kids want for Christmas is a bike, scooter or trampoline, remember to wrap up safety equipment too, says Trading Standards.
Personal liability means no escape from paying staff, says Labour Inspectorate
The Labour Inspectorate has successfully applied to have ‘company officers’ made personally liable for $138,836 in arrears over the last month in two separate cases, after the companies went into liquidation.
Splish splash safely this summer
New Zealanders love to make a splash but play safely with inflatable swimming pools and toys, is the message this summer from Trading Standards.
40th Anniversary of the Metric System celebrated
Metres, kilograms and litres became the New Zealand’s official system of measurement forty years ago today, as Trading Standards celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Metric System in New Zealand.
Horticulture labour for hire contractor to pay $428,000 for serious employment law breaches
A labour contracting business working on a vegetable farm in Bombay Hills must pay $428,164 in arrears and penalties for their serious breaches of employment law, following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.
Tourism support package for Hurunui announced
Support of up to $350,000 has been made available for tourism in Hanmer Springs and the Hurunui District following the Kaikoura earthquake.
Knowing your rights with gift cards this Christmas
Gift cards are a popular present at Christmas time, but Consumer Protection encourages consumers to understand the terms and conditions before adding gift cards to their shopping list.
Better use of renewable energy at core of draft strategy
Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has opened public consultation on a strategy that aims to support New Zealand become an energy efficient, productive and low emissions economy.
Don’t get caught up in Christmas overspending
Christmas time can be expensive with food, decorations and gifts to be bought but don’t let the hype lead you to overspend, warns Consumer Protection.
All I want for Christmas is something that works
It might be gift giving season, but consumers do not have to accept a product that does not work, is not safe, or is not of acceptable quality, reminds Consumer Protection.
Road show explores growing high-value nutrition opportunities in Asia
Representatives from Japanese functional food consultancy, Global Nutrition Group (GNG) visited the country last month to promote opportunities for New Zealand’s unique ingredients, products and research within Asia’s high-value nutrition markets.
Support package for Kaikoura businesses extended
The wage subsidy package for quake-affected businesses in and around Kaikoura will be extended for a further eight weeks.
Give safely this Christmas: the ‘Six S’ guide to safe toys
When choosing children’s toys this Christmas, Trading Standards urges shoppers to think of the ‘Six S’ guide to safe toys.
Nine cycle trail projects to receive funding
Nine new projects will receive $837,132 in funding for the upkeep and maintenance of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
Door to door sales – your choice
With the festive season upon us, Consumer Protection urges consumers to be aware of their rights when it comes to door-to-door and telemarketing sales.
Jobs to grow by 183,000 over the next three years
The number of jobs in New Zealand is predicted to grow by 183,900 over the next three years according to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s latest Short-term Employment Forecasts: 2016-19 report.

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