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One in five believe unnecessary tests/treatments recommended

Friday, 25 May 2018, 9:25 am | Consumer

One in five New Zealanders think their doctor has recommended a test or treatment that wasn’t necessary for their health, a survey by Consumer NZ and the Council of Medical Colleges has found. More >>

Call for retailers to pull ionisation smoke alarms

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 9:11 am | Consumer

A Consumer NZ test of smoke alarms found ionisation-type smoke alarms performed so poorly retailers should pull them from the shelves. More >>

Local banks pip big Aussie banks for customer satisfaction

Friday, 6 April 2018, 9:18 am | Consumer

Local banks have outstripped the big four Australian banks for service in Consumer NZ’s latest survey . More >>

Riskiest Takata airbags recall good for consumers

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 1:03 pm | Consumer

The compulsory recall of more than 50,000 vehicles fitted with potentially explosive Takata airbags will provide clarity for New Zealanders, Consumer NZ head of testing Paul Smith said today. More >>

Renters getting raw deal from property managers

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 10:23 am | Consumer

Tenants who rent through a property management company are significantly more likely to experience problems, a Consumer NZ survey has found . More >>

Would-be mums upsold expensive pregnancy multivitamins

Friday, 16 March 2018, 8:42 am | Consumer

Pharmacies are promoting pregnancy multivitamins with overblown claims, a Consumer NZ mystery shop has found. More >>

Health star rating to be removed from Milo powder

Thursday, 1 March 2018, 12:30 pm | Consumer

Nestle is removing the 4.5 health star rating from its Milo powder, a product given a Bad Taste Food Award by Consumer NZ in 2016. More >>

Sunbed operators not up to standard

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 10:02 am | Consumer

A Consumer NZ mystery shop of sunbed operators has again highlighted poor practices in the industry. Two operators let an underage shopper have a sunbed session, while six let a person with fair skin that burns easily use a sunbed. More >>

Vodafone gets poor reception in latest telco survey

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 10:12 am | Consumer

In Consumer NZ’s latest satisfaction survey , telco customers rated Vodafone last for both mobile and broadband services, the same place it occupied last year. More >>

Retail giants need to sort out their service: Consumer NZ

Friday, 8 December 2017, 2:32 pm | Consumer

If you’re craving a pleasant shopping experience this Christmas, you’re more likely to find it at the little guys than at the big chain stores. More >>

Consumer NZ’s Bad Taste Food Awards winners announced

Thursday, 30 November 2017, 8:40 am | Consumer

Consumer NZ has announced this year’s recipients of the Bad Taste Food Awards. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the awards were launched to highlight food companies marketing their products as healthier choices than they really are. ... More >>

Sunscreens removed from sale after Consumer NZ test

Friday, 17 November 2017, 8:34 am | Consumer

Two sunscreens have been withdrawn from sale following a Consumer NZ test that found the products failed to provide the protection claimed. More >>

Not all fly sprays get the job done, says Consumer NZ

Friday, 3 November 2017, 10:06 am | Consumer

If you’re after a “natural” fly spray, you’ll be disappointed. The only fly spray containing natural pyrethrins in a Consumer NZ test left more than 80 percent of flies still alive. More >>

Disparity on price of antihistamines

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 9:06 am | Consumer

Allergy sufferers can slash their antihistamine bill in half by shopping around, a Consumer NZ investigation has found. More >>

Bad Taste Food Awards open for nominations

Monday, 2 October 2017, 3:08 pm | Consumer

Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says the awards highlight food companies marketing their products as better choices than they really are. More >>

Too many companies flouting consumer laws

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 1:09 pm | Consumer

A marked rise in Fair Trading Act complaints shows consumer rights are being ignored by too many retailers, Consumer NZ says. More >>

The Tile Depot gets Consumer Trusted tick

Tuesday, 12 September 2017, 12:10 pm | Consumer

The Tile Depot is the latest company to be accredited under the Consumer Trusted programme. Consumer Trusted businesses must meet Consumer NZ’s strict criteria and prove they are committed to delivering exceptional customer service. More >>

No nutritional benefits of milk in light-proof bottles

Friday, 11 August 2017, 9:24 am | Consumer

Despite claims light-proofed containers protect the vitamins in milk, Consumer NZ testing reveals there’s little difference in nutrient content between major milk brands. More >>

10,000 consumers support sneaky fees petition

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, 10:32 am | Consumer

Ten thousand people have put their name to Consumer NZ’s online petition calling for law changes to clamp down on misleading pricing practices. More >>

Top-priced stockings not the top performer

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 11:56 am | Consumer

Consumer NZ’s latest test of stockings found you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg for a decent pair of tights this winter. More >>