Reviews of the Commerce Act 1986
We carry out periodic reviews of the Commerce Act to ensure it reflects modern regulatory practice and continues to deliver benefits to New Zealanders.
The Commerce Act is New Zealand's generic competition law. It also provides economic regulation of goods or services in markets with monopoly characteristics.
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The Government has taken legislation through Parliament to change New Zealand’s law relating to the misuse of market power (section 36 of the Commerce Act), along with other minor changes to the treatment of intellectual property rights and covenants in the Commerce Act.
The Commerce Amendment Act 2018 provides for market studies, improved airport regulation and enforceable undertakings.
This targeted review of the Commerce Act looked at the misuse of market power, market studies and alternative enforcement mechanisms.
The Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Act 2019 amends the Commerce Act 1986 to introduce a criminal offence for cartel conduct.
The Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017 redefines the prohibition against cartels to refer to the 3 ways in which businesses may lessen competition between each other.
This page summarises previous reviews of the Commerce Act.