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Friday, August 26

Commission executes search warrants in ‘Made in New Zealand’ crackdown

Commerce Commission staff yesterday executed a number of search warrants in Rotorua and Auckland in relation to an ongoing investigation in the tourism souvenir sector.

The Commission executed search warrants on 11 different premises (10 of those premises in Rotorua) after receiving information regarding products being sold to Chinese tourists that are represented as New Zealand made when they are allegedly imported.

“We have gathered a large amount of information as a result of the search warrants and will now assess this information before considering what action is appropriate under the Fair Trading Act,” said Commerce Commission Competition branch manager Greg Allan.

The investigation is part of a current Commission focus on souvenirs being sold to tourists as Made in New Zealand when they’re not.

Yesterday’s search warrants were a multi-agency initiative which also involved the Police, Customs, Immigration and the Wildlife Enforcement Group.

The Commission can make no further comment about the current investigation at this time.