Trading Standards

Trading Standards is a team within the Consumer Protection and Standards Branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Regulator role

Our role as a regulator means we're responsible for protecting New Zealand consumers by keeping our marketplace free from unsafe and non-compliant products and services. We do this in the following ways:

  • making sure New Zealanders have safe products, accurate measurement and quality fuel
  • administering and maintaining the occupational licencing registers for motor vehicle traders, auctioneers and pool inspectors.

Our core audience is business, but we also work alongside Consumer Protection, the consumer-facing team within Consumer Protection and Standards Branch of MBIE.

Areas of responsibility

We have 6 areas of responsibility, which fall into 2 main categories: