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New Year, New Me: Revamping Your Finances For 2022

Saturday, 1 January 2022, 5:31 pm | Consumer NZ

For New Zealander’s ringing in the new year with financially focused goals, Consumer NZ has some helpful tips for fine-tuning finances. Avoid bank fees Take a look at your banking setup to ensure you’re not needlessly losing money. It can be as simple ... More >>

Un-fashionable: NZ Clothing Labels Risk Misleading Consumers About Their Sustainability Claims

Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 6:58 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ is urging Christmas shoppers to be wary of clothing brands making claims their garments have sustainability certifications. The organisation’s recent investigation into sustainable fashion claims in New Zealand resulted in four brands – H&M, ... More >>

In A Major Shift, Consumer NZ Will Only Recommend Appliances That Last

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 8:02 pm | Consumer NZ

In the biggest change in its testing of products since the 1960’s, Consumer NZ is incorporating a lifetime performance score to help shoppers buy appliances they know will last. “It’s no longer good enough for products to just perform well ... More >>

Consumer NZ’s First Round Of Sunscreen Test Results For Summer – Six Met Claims, Three Didn’t

Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 7:32 am | Consumer NZ

In Consumer NZ’s first round of sunscreen testing for summer, six products met their SPF and broad-spectrum label claims. Three products didn’t meet their claimed SPF protection – all repeat offenders from last year. Two of the three also didn’t ... More >>

House And Contents Insurance Premiums More Expensive Than Ever, So It Pays To Shop Around

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 7:01 am | Consumer NZ

A price survey of home and contents insurance by Consumer NZ found that if you don’t shop around, you could be paying hundreds of dollars more on policies. The price comparison found a difference of more than $2000 between the cheapest and most expensive ... More >>

Financial Stress Makes Christmas Not So Jolly For Two Out Of Five New Zealanders - Consumer NZ

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 6:23 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ’s Sentiment Tracker has revealed that two out of five of New Zealanders feel the added cost of Christmas adds financial stress during the holiday season. One in four feels that expectations from others and social pressure lead to more ... More >>

Consumer NZ - Nearly One In Five New Zealanders Get Sunburnt Most Years

Friday, 26 November 2021, 7:25 am | Consumer NZ

A new nationally representative survey from Consumer NZ has found that nearly one in five New Zealanders get sunburnt most years. The research looked at how sun smart New Zealanders are, what’s important to them when buying sunscreen and whether ... More >>

Small Towns, Big Scoops: Consumer NZ Finds Best Value Hot Chips

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 6:20 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ recruited 22 chip lovers from across the country to buy and weigh a scoop of chips, finding there are differences in the value. The survey found the best value scoop is at Moerewa Takeaways in Northland. One scoop cost $3.00 and weighed ... More >>

How A Tax Accountant Was Swindled Out Of $100k

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 7:53 am | Consumer NZ

On 9 March 2021, Rachel* – a tax accountant in Auckland – matched with “Wu Haoyu” on Hinge. By 10 June, and one elaborate crypto-scam later, Rachel’s savings account was $100k lighter. The scam that Rachel fell victim to is relatively new ... More >>

Consumer NZ Weighs Up Budget Buys Vs Pricey Presents

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 6:45 am | Consumer NZ

In the lead-up to holiday gift shopping, Consumer NZ looked at the performance and pricing of popular household items to see how budget buys compared to their more expensive counterparts. Consumer NZ has pulled together test results for a range ... More >>

Consumer NZ Questions ‘Specials’ At Big Box Retailers

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 7:14 am | Consumer NZ

A Consumer NZ survey into "specials" at big box retailers found customers shouldn’t assume they’re always getting a top bargain. The consumer organisation’s online survey checked pricing at Briscoes, Farmers, Harvey Norman and Noel Leeming ... More >>

Consume This Tackles The Big Consumer Issues

Tuesday, 2 November 2021, 7:17 am | Consumer NZ

Does your home earn more than you? And how did an accountant get scammed out of $100k on a dating app? Consume This dives deeper into what it means to be a consumer in 2021. Hosted by Jon Duffy and social good champion Sophie Richardson, new episodes ... More >>

Unlikely Alliance Formed To Combat Supermarket Power

Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 6:49 am | Consumer NZ

It’s an unlikely pairing, but Consumer NZ and The NZ Food & Grocery Council have published a joint open letter to parliament today calling for a shake-up of the supermarket industry. “We are not always allies, but we both agree the concentration ... More >>

Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque – Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings

Monday, 18 October 2021, 7:00 am | Consumer NZ

New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away. “Stagnant wage growth and the rising cost of living ... More >>

Rogue Ride-shares Costing Customers More Than Expected

Thursday, 30 September 2021, 6:56 am | Consumer NZ

Ride-share companies have done a stellar job promoting their services and cutting into a market that was once dominated by big taxi firms, but they’re also racking up customer complaints. Christchurch resident William booked a 10km trip through ... More >>

Buy-now, Pay-later Raking In $10m+ In Late Fees Annually

Friday, 24 September 2021, 5:59 am | Consumer NZ

A Consumer NZ survey has found buy-now, pay-later services are costing shoppers more than $10 million a year in late fees. Close to four out of 10 Kiwi consumers usebuy-now, pay-laterservices, such as Afterpay, Laybuy and Zip. Consumer NZ ... More >>

Catastrophe! Cattery Blunder Leads To Death Of Beloved Pet

Thursday, 23 September 2021, 9:10 am | Consumer NZ

An unfortunate chain of events with a cattery has resulted in the death of a cherished cat. Before going on holiday with her partner, Sue Peoples put her cat Jac in a cattery. One week later, she received a call that her cat had been given to another family ... More >>

Shocking Stuff: Consumers In Lower Income Areas Paying More For Power

Sunday, 19 September 2021, 5:54 am | Consumer NZ

Analysis from Consumer NZ and Powerswitch has found major differences in electricity pricing depending on where you live, with those in lower income areas being hit the hardest. Those who live in Kerikeri, for example, are charged 40% more on average ... More >>

Consumer NZ launches Utua atu to help vulnerable consumers

Thursday, 16 September 2021, 8:47 am | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ is excited to announce its Utua atu initiative . The scheme, which means pay it forward in te reo Māori, lets people and organisations donate Consumer NZ memberships to vulnerable consumers who wouldn’t otherwise be able to use the not-for-profit’s ... More >>

Consumer NZ lodges complaint over retirement villages’ care

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 1:28 pm | Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ lodged a complaint today with the Commerce Commission, asking it to investigate retirement villages’ aged care claims. A major selling point for many retirement villages is the rest home facilities they provide if a resident can no ... More >>