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Fair Trading Act
If you are in business, it is important that you understand how the Fair Trading Act affects your day-to-day operations.
The Fair Trading Act 1986 (“the Act”) prohibits certain conduct and practices in trade, whilst providing
for the disclosure of consumer information in relation to the supply of goods and services.
The Act applies in New Zealand, but also extends outside New Zealand, to any person who is resident,
or carrying on business in New Zealand that involves the supply of goods or services, or granting
interest in land.
The Crown cannot be prosecuted under the Act (but Crown corporations engaged in trade can). If it
is alleged that the Crown has contravened the Act, an application may be made to the Court for a
declaration regarding the Crown’s behaviour.
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