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Worse Than Water – The Laundry Detergents You Should Avoid, Plus The Best Buys

Tuesday, 28 June 2022, 6:48 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ has put laundry detergents to the test and found that some perform no better than water. Essentials Laundry Liquid (2L), Value Laundry Detergent (2L) and Re-stor Concentrated Laundry Detergent Sheets Tropical Breeze (60 sheets) all performed ... More >>

Consumer NZ Tracked Returned Small Appliances And Found Some Go Straight To The Dump

Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 6:29 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ launched an investigation to find out what happens to nearly new, but faulty, small appliances. Many appliances, such as mixers, blenders and toasters, are now sold with no repair advice and no spare parts available, making a longer ... More >>

Non-bank Funds Take The Top Spots For KiwiSaver Satisfaction

Monday, 13 June 2022, 6:19 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ’s annual KiwiSaver satisfaction survey has found three funds stood out from the crowd, with Simplicity, Milford Funds and Generate taking out the top spots. Simplicity won for the third year in a row with 77% satisfaction, scoring ... More >>

Consumer NZ Sunscreen Results – If You’re Hitting The Slopes, Use Sunscreen You Can Trust

Friday, 10 June 2022, 6:10 am | Consumer NZ

Whether you’re considering hitting the slopes or going for a tropical winter holiday, it’s important to ensure you’ve got the right sun protection. Consumer NZ’s results are in for the final four sunscreens in its latest round of testing. Only ... More >>

Consumer NZ Welcomes Bold Steps By Government To Address Competition Issues In The Supermarket Sector

Monday, 30 May 2022, 3:20 pm | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ welcomes today’s announcement from the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark, indicating the Government will go beyond the Commerce Commission’s recommendations in the final report on the grocery sector. “It is beyond debate ... More >>

New Zealanders Now Trust The Supermarkets Less Than The Banking Industry

Friday, 27 May 2022, 7:17 am | Consumer NZ

New nationally representative research from Consumer NZ has found sentiment in the supermarket industry has taken a sharp hit over the past year, with trust plummeting. In June last year, 17% of New Zealanders said they did not trust the supermarkets. ... More >>

Consumer NZ Launches Supermarket Petition To #stopthesuperprofits

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 6:21 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ has launched a petition , asking Minister David Clark to put consumers first and go beyond the Commerce Commission’s grocery market study recommendations. “Every day the supermarkets are taking more than $1 million in excess profits from ... More >>

Check Gift Card Expiry Dates To Avoid Giving Mum A Dud This Mother's Day

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 6:57 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ is urging shoppers to check gift card expiry dates before purchasing them for Mother’s Day this weekend. “We know that over three quarters of consumers regularly receive gift cards, but they can be left short-changed if they don’t ... More >>

The Bank Of Mum And Dad Is The Fifth Biggest Owner-occupier Lender In New Zealand

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 6:13 am | Consumer NZ

New research from Consumer NZ has found the Bank of Mum and Dad plays a sizeable role when it comes to helping young home buyers on the property ladder, ranking fifth after ANZ, ASB, Westpac, and BNZ when it comes to owner-occupier loans. The Bank ... More >>

Teenager Takes Dodgy Reseller To Disputes Tribunal And Wins

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 6:32 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ is urging consumers to be aware of their rights when purchasing second-hand goods online. This comes after James de Hair, a 15-year-old from Kāpiti College, saved to buy a second-hand phone off Facebook Marketplace in June 2021. Three months ... More >>

'A Systemic Failure' – Consumer NZ Mystery Shop Of Insurance Points To An Outdated Approach To Mental Health

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 6:41 am | Consumer NZ

A Consumer NZ mystery shop of 14 insurance companies has revealed customers who sought advice or help for their mental health could be regarded as ‘high-risk’ claimants. This could result in the addition of exclusion clauses to their policies ... More >>

Consumer NZ – Customers’ Trust Eroding For Big Banks

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 9:22 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ’s latest bank satisfaction survey shows almost three quarters (73%) of New Zealanders think banks are charging too much and only half (52%) think they can be trusted, with almost all big banks surveyed scoring either below or close ... More >>

Consumer NZ Names Best Supermarket Hot Cross Buns This Easter

Friday, 8 April 2022, 6:09 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ did the hard work of blind taste-testing 11 classic and non-traditional hot cross buns from across New Zealand’s main supermarket chains. Sharing the title of the best classic hot cross bun, FreshChoice hot cross buns (half a dozen for $4.99) ... More >>

Consumer NZ - Unfair KiwiSaver Loophole Could See Thousands Shaved Off Your Pay Packet

Thursday, 7 April 2022, 6:56 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ is calling for an unfair KiwiSaver loophole to be closed so that employers are required to make their KiwiSaver contributions on top of an employee’s pay package, rather than taking it out of the employee’s back pocket. “KiwiSaver ... More >>

Print For Less Than Half A Cent Per Page: Ink Tank Printers Trump Models That Use Ink Cartridges In Consumer NZ Review

Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 6:10 am | Consumer NZ

A Consumer NZ comparison has found that ink tank printers are about 16 times cheaper to print than a similar ink cartridge model. Consumer purchased two printer models, the refillable ink tank Epson ET-2850 ($499), and a near-identical Epson XP-3100 ... More >>

Over $1000? April Power Price Rises Are A Shock For Some Customers

Friday, 1 April 2022, 7:59 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ’s Powerswitch has been crunching the numbers and found some power uses will face price hikes up to $1000 a year. “1 April is traditionally the day power companies put their prices up, but this year is shaping up to be a real doozy,” ... More >>

Global Pressure To Rein In Buy Now Pay Later Services

Thursday, 24 March 2022, 6:37 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer advocates from nine countries, including New Zealand, have teamed up to target legal loopholes that enable buy now pay later (BNPL) businesses to avoid credit regulation. Consumer NZ added its name to the list alongside consumer advocates in ... More >>

The Majority Of New Zealanders Are Driving Less To Counter Costly Fuel Prices

Tuesday, 22 March 2022, 6:45 am | Consumer NZ

A fuel pricing poll by Consumer NZ found four out of five respondents (or 81 percent) are driving less due to the price of petrol and diesel hitting painful levels. “With the price of fuel past $3 a litre in most parts of the country, it's inevitable that ... More >>

Consumer NZ Reveals Only One Product Met SPF Label Claims In Latest Round Of Tests

Friday, 18 March 2022, 6:37 am | Consumer NZ

In a second batch of eight sunscreens tested by Consumer NZ, Cancer Society Kids Pure Sun Lotion SPF50 was the only product that met its SPF label claim. Seven sunscreens provided high SPF protection (SPF30 or higher) but didn't meet their very high protection ... More >>

Dud Detergents: Some Powder Dishwasher Detergents Clean Only Marginally Better Than Water

Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 9:48 am | Consumer NZ

A Consumer NZ test of 23 dishwasher detergents has found that some dishwasher powders don’t clean your dishes significantly better than a cycle with plain water. The test looked at 16 tablet options and seven powder products, testing against washing ... More >>