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National: New supermarket watchdog introduced

4:20 pm on 6 July 2022

By Hanna Thompson 

The government is introducing a Grocery Commissioner to act as a watchdog for the supermarket sector. 

The Commissioner will provide annual reviews of the industry, and can issue warnings and fines for breaches of the code of conduct, or take retailers to the courts. 

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says a similar approach has previously worked with the telecommunications sector. 

“They will maintain a close eye on how Government’s reforms for the sector are implemented and ensure Kiwis are getting a fair deal at the checkout."

Clark did not state when consumers would notice the changes but expects a Commissioner will be appointed by mid-2023.

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