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Company collapse highlights the need to upskill

Thursday, 8 November 2007, 5:10 pm | Consumer's Institute

Finance company collapses highlight the need to upskill – Consumers’ Institute launches fixed-term investment site. More >>

Consumer urges caution for Geneva investors

Thursday, 18 October 2007, 1:20 pm | Consumer's Institute

Investors waiting on repayment from Geneva Finance should be asking Geneva’s management some tough questions. More >>

Herbal Patches Withdrawn

Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 10:42 am | Consumer's Institute

A company importing Chinese herbal patches has removed six products from its website and may face further action, after an investigation by Consumer magazine uncovered evidence of misleading claims. More >>

Consumer supports Telecom split

Thursday, 27 September 2007, 4:30 pm | Consumer's Institute

Consumers' Institute fully supports the announcement today that Telecom will be operationally split into three separate units. More >>

Tighter regulations needed for dietary supplements

Thursday, 3 May 2007, 9:37 am | Consumer's Institute

Omega-3 fish oils are beneficial for health. But a Consumer test found you don’t always get the real oil in quality and potency. More >>

New chief executive for Consumers’ Institute

Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 2:10 pm | Consumer's Institute

Ms Chetwin has a very strong background in publishing. She is currently editorial business manager for NZ Magazines, publisher of a number of popular magazines including the Listener and the Woman’s Weekly. She is the past editor of the Sunday Star ... More >>

The Consumer Complete Ass Awards 2006

Wednesday, 31 January 2007, 9:53 am | Consumer's Institute

Consumers' Institute has announced the winners of the inaugural Consumer Complete Ass Awards. These awards recognize those products, services and companies who seem to go out of their way to screw over the Kiwi consumer. More >>

Consumer takes Ministry of Health to task

Wednesday, 13 December 2006, 11:15 am | Consumer's Institute

Consumer has hit back at Ministry of Health claims on the availability of elective surgery. In a recent article Consumer said some non-urgent operations were no longer treated by the public system. More >>

Consumer wine tasting untainted

Monday, 4 December 2006, 5:28 pm | Consumer's Institute

Consumer’s latest taste test of sparkling wines has no chance of being influenced by winemakers. “Every wine included in our latest tasting was anonymously bought from retailers, as are all our test goods”, says Belinda Allan of Consumers’ ... More >>

Xtra limits ‘unlimited internet usage’ plan

Saturday, 25 November 2006, 1:18 pm | Consumer's Institute

Consumers’ Institute has lodged complaints with the Commerce Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority over Xtra’s Go Large broadband advertising. More >>

The Consumer guide to finding love

Friday, 3 November 2006, 4:47 pm | Consumer's Institute

It had to happen. Consumer has ventured into the realm of romance. They have sent forth four intrepid white-coated testers to try out internet dating, speed dating and a matchmaking agency. More >>

Kiwi-owned banking services come out on top

Tuesday, 10 October 2006, 2:42 pm | Consumer's Institute

Kiwi-owned TSB and PSIS lead in customer satisfaction ratings in a new Consumer member survey. Both scored a near-perfect 98% approval rating from their customers. Respondents cited “speaking to a real person” and “friendly prompt service” as the main ... More >>

The state of Origin

Friday, 11 August 2006, 2:53 pm | Consumer's Institute

The provincial airline, Origin Pacific, has stopped its passenger services. More >>

Pre-purchase house inspections come up short

Monday, 7 August 2006, 3:22 pm | Consumer's Institute

A Consumer survey of 10 building inspection companies in Auckland and Wellington has revealed poor standards of inspection and inconsistencies in reporting. More >>

Common smoke alarm gives inadequate warning.

Friday, 2 June 2006, 10:29 am | Consumer's Institute

Ionisation smoke alarms give very little warning of smouldering fires. This type of alarm is the most common type installed in New Zealand homes. Consumers' Institute tests showed that some makes of ionisation smoke alarms did not go off until smoke ... More >>

ANZ Bank cracks the 20 percent interest barrier

Thursday, 22 December 2005, 5:22 pm | Consumer's Institute

Debit balances on mainstream ANZ credit cards will now cost customers over 20 percent in interest. This is the latest finding to come from Consumers’ Institute’s credit card monitoring unit. More >>

Maternity Care

Friday, 18 November 2005, 5:14 pm | Consumer's Institute

“Any proposed review of maternity services should focus on midwifery training,” said David Russell , Chief Executive of Consumers’ Institute. More >>

Censorship confuses consumers

Monday, 14 November 2005, 12:07 am | Consumer's Institute

Video game labelling should be simplified so consumers know what they are buying, the Consumers’ Institute says. More >>

Online auction traders flout the law

Friday, 7 October 2005, 1:19 pm | Consumer's Institute

Parallel importers are using online auctions to sell their products and many side-step their legal responsibilities, says Consumer magazine. More >>

Institute Doubts Free Lunch

Monday, 16 May 2005, 4:40 pm | Consumer's Institute

iNetSeminars is hosting free seminars around the country in late May. The glossy invitation features company president Brandon Lewis who promises you’ll learn how to meet your financial goals by building a web-based business at home. iNetSeminars ... More >>





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