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Consumer Legislation Reforms

By Melissa Higham - 4 Oct 2010

As discussed in a previous blog, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs launched a review of all New Zealand consumer laws in June this year. The review looked at consolidating and simplifying our Consumer legislation.

It also looked at reviewing the overall effectiveness of the seven key consumer laws:

  1. Fair Trading Act 1986
  2. Consumer Guarantees Act 1993
  3. Weights and Measures Act 1987
  4. Auctioneers Act 1928
  5. Door to Door Sales Act 1967
  6. Layby Sales Act 1971
  7. Unsolicited Goods and Services Act 1975.

Public submissions have now been made on this discussion paper and a summary of the submissions has been released by the Ministry.  Click here for a copy.

Based on this summary, likely changes to our consumer legislation include an enhanced Fair Trading Act, with the other Acts remaining separate with some individual amendment.  The initial suggestion of at least amalgamating the Fair Trading Act, Consumer Guarantees Act and Weights and Measures Act appears to have found little favour in the public submissions.


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