Financial Advice Code Working Group
The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has appointed a Financial Advice Code Working Group to develop the new code of conduct for financial advice.
The new professional conduct for financial advice services
The new code sets standards of competence, conduct and client-care for the whole financial advice industry. These standards will apply after the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act comes into force.
The Code Working Group consulted with the financial advice industry and consumers on a new Code in October/November 2018 and March/April 2018. The Code of Conduct has now been approved, though it is not yet in force.
Read more about the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act on the page for the Review of the Financial Advisers Act 2008.
There will be at least nine months before it comes into force, enabling people to make any changes that they need to comply with it. There will also be a further two-year transition period for existing advisers to work towards meeting the new competency standards set by the Code.
- Read more about the Code Working Group consultation(external link).
The Code Committee under the current regime will retain its mandate until the new financial advice regime takes effect.
- Read more about the Code Committee on the Financial Adviser Code page(external link).
Members of the Code Working Group
Members of the Code Working Group are appointed for a 3-year term. The Code Working Group will become the Code Committee under the new regime.
- Angus Dale-Jones (Chair): Angus was previously an independent board member of the Professional Advisers Association (PAA). He also chaired a joint PAA and Institute of Financial Advisers committee to design a new professional association. He is now an independent consultant with financial services clients in New Zealand and Australia.
- Barbara Benson: Barbara was previously Manager, Teacher Education at the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, a Ministerial-appointed layperson on the Veterinary Council of New Zealand, and a member of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee.
- Brian McCulloch: Brian is an independent consultant, an Independent Director at Utilities Disputes Limited, and a lay member on the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.
- John Berry: John is the CEO of Pathfinder Asset Management, a boutique fund management firm.
- Graeme Edwards: Graeme is a lawyer and consultant on corporate governance. He was previously the General Counsel and Company Secretary at ASB Bank.
- Paul Mersi: Paul is currently an independent director and consultant, and a former Senior Partner and Head of Financial Services at PwC NZ.
- Rebecca McCleland: Rebecca is a Director in Advisory at KPMG New Zealand and is an Authorised Financial Adviser. She was previously Head of Financial Advice Delivery and Service, Milford Asset Management.
- Shane Edmond: Shane is Head of Private Client Services at Forsyth Barr and is a member of the current Code Committee.
- Therese Singleton: Therese is the General Manager, Advice and Sales, at AMP.