Releases

Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Mon 11 Jul 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today the start of consultation on proposed regulations for the patent term extension provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill. The Bill contains amendments to New Zealand legislation required to implement our obligations under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.  The proposed regulations relate to provisions in the Bill that will allow patent owners to request an extension of the patent term if there has been: ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Mon 11 Jul 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today the start of consultation on proposed regulations for the patent term extension provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill. The Bill contains amendments to New Zealand legislation required to implement our obligations under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.  The proposed regulations relate to provisions in the Bill that will allow patent owners to request an extension of the patent term if there has been: ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Wed 6 Jul 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced the start of consultation on proposed regulations that will enable wine and spirit makers to register the geographical origins of their products. “Providing a registration regime for geographical indications will assist the wine industry to protect the reputation of our exported New Zealand wines. “New Zealand wine exports were just under $100 million in 1998 and this year those exports broke $1.5 billion,” says Mr Goldsmith. ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Wed 6 Jul 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced the start of consultation on proposed regulations that will enable wine and spirit makers to register the geographical origins of their products. “Providing a registration regime for geographical indications will assist the wine industry to protect the reputation of our exported New Zealand wines. “New Zealand wine exports were just under $100 million in 1998 and this year those exports broke $1.5 billion,” says Mr Goldsmith. ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Wed 6 Jul 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed a survey from the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), which provides a snapshot of the number of people who are engaging with their KiwiSaver annual statements. “Taking the time to understand and engage with KiwiSaver statements is a key part of planning ahead and understanding what you need to do in order to live comfortably in retirement. “The survey shows that only 21 per cent of New Zealanders read their statement thoroughly and 58 per cent look at it briefly. ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Wed 6 Jul 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed a survey from the Financial Markets Authority (FMA), which provides a snapshot of the number of people who are engaging with their KiwiSaver annual statements. “Taking the time to understand and engage with KiwiSaver statements is a key part of planning ahead and understanding what you need to do in order to live comfortably in retirement. “The survey shows that only 21 per cent of New Zealanders read their statement thoroughly and 58 per cent look at it briefly. ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Tue 5 Jul 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced Diane Maxwell will be reappointed as the Retirement Commissioner for a further three-year term. “I am pleased to reappoint Diane Maxwell as the Retirement Commissioner to continue her excellent work as head of the Commission for Financial Capability,” says Mr Goldsmith. “During her first term as Commissioner, Ms Maxwell has overseen a strategic change at the Commission building towards financial capability for all generations of New Zealanders. ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Tue 5 Jul 2016
Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced Diane Maxwell will be reappointed as the Retirement Commissioner for a further three-year term. “I am pleased to reappoint Diane Maxwell as the Retirement Commissioner to continue her excellent work as head of the Commission for Financial Capability,” says Mr Goldsmith. “During her first term as Commissioner, Ms Maxwell has overseen a strategic change at the Commission building towards financial capability for all generations of New Zealanders. ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Mon 4 Jul 2016
One year on from the announcement of the government statement on Building Financial Capability in New Zealand, good progress is being made says Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith. “Increasing levels of financial capability will allow people to better shape their lives, avoid hardship and achieve their goals,” says Mr Goldsmith. The Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) lead the cross-agency work which, in its first year, has delivered research and a range of programmes. ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Mon 4 Jul 2016
One year on from the announcement of the government statement on Building Financial Capability in New Zealand, good progress is being made says Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith. “Increasing levels of financial capability will allow people to better shape their lives, avoid hardship and achieve their goals,” says Mr Goldsmith. The Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) and the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) lead the cross-agency work which, in its first year, has delivered research and a range of programmes. ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Thu 30 Jun 2016
As part of the government’s priority to build financial capability in New Zealand, $900,000 is being allocated to improving levels of financial capability among Māori, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today. “During the past year the government has delivered a number of pilot programmes aimed at increasing financial capability among Māori. “The allocation of additional funding will help deliver more financial education programmes for Māori and recognises the success of the pilot initiatives. ...
Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Thu 30 Jun 2016
As part of the government’s priority to build financial capability in New Zealand, $900,000 is being allocated to improving levels of financial capability among Māori, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith announced today. “During the past year the government has delivered a number of pilot programmes aimed at increasing financial capability among Māori. “The allocation of additional funding will help deliver more financial education programmes for Māori and recognises the success of the pilot initiatives. ...