Competition regulation and policy

We provide advice on the Commerce Act and the application of competition policy to specific sectors. We’re also the monitoring agency for the Commerce Commission.

In this section

Market studies

The Commerce Amendment Act 2018 gives the Commerce Commission the ability to undertake market studies to determine whether there are any factors that may be impeding competition in a market.

Supporting competition and innovation in retail payment systems

The Government is working to ensure retail payment systems work in the interests of New Zealand consumers and businesses.

Economic regulation of goods or services

The regulation of the price and quality of goods or services in markets with monopoly characteristics is covered by Part 4 of the Commerce Act, and is implemented by the Commerce Commission.

Assessing competition impacts

We provide advice on the impacts of government policies and proposed regulation — including occupational regulation — on competition and consumers.

Monitoring the Commerce Commission

The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is the minister responsible for the Commerce Commission, and appointed us as its monitoring agent.

Lay members

This page lists current lay members appointed to the High Court for Commerce Act matters.

Contact us

You can email us at competition.policy@mbie.govt.nz.

For phone numbers and postal addresses, see the main Contact Us page.