Commerce Commission to assess six complaints about WORLD t-shirt labelling before deciding whether to investigate

The Commerce Commission has received six complaints since yesterday about WORLD t-shirt labelling and says it'll assess the complaints before deciding whether to investigate.

WORLD founder Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet came under fire yesterday after a Spinoff investigation revealed clothing at the World store in Auckland was carrying tags saying "Fabrique En Nouvelle-Zelande" - French for "Made in New Zealand" - while actually being made up of elements manufactured in Bangladesh and China.

That’s despite Denise L'Estrange-Corbet previously criticsing competitors for manufacturing off-shore. Source: 1 NEWS

Ms L'Estrange-Corbet confirmed that the shirts were made overseas, as were the sewn-on patches, but defended putting "Made in New Zealand" tags on the clothing. She said it was not misleading because the tags themselves were made in New Zealand.

A spokesperson for the Commerce Commission says it cannot comment on the specifics of this case as it has not yet investigated the matter. 

However, the Fair Trading Act (FTA) prohibits traders from making misleading claims about the country of origin of its products, the spokesperson said. 

"If a company claims that a good is for example, 'Made in NZ', when it is not, that is likely to breach the FTA."

Separately under the FTA,  suppliers of new clothing and footwear must provide information to consumers about the country of origin of those products, the spokesperson added. 

The Consumer Information Standard for Country of Origin (Clothing and Footwear) Labelling includes a requirement that suppliers attach to the clothing a permanent label with the country of origin. 

The label must be in English, clearly readable and easy for the consumer to access. 

Sue Chetwin of Consumer NZ told TVNZ 1's Breakfast programme the WORLD labelling practice is "deceptive behaviour".

"That is potentially misleading for customers because, although Denise says that is representing that the tag is made in New Zealand, no ordinary customer would think that," Ms Chetwin said.

"I think she's being a bit disingenuous.

"I guess the Commerce Commission now have got some complaints - they'll have a look at it," Ms Chetwin said.

Sue Chetwin says she doesn’t buy the explanation given by Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – that the tags themselves are indeed made in NZ. Source: Breakfast



National welcomes withdrawal of 'severely flawed' NZ First bill to restrict 'teacher' title

The proposed Member's Bill that would restrict the use of the title 'teacher' has been withdrawn by New Zealand First MP Jenny Marcroft, a move welcomed by National who called the amendment, "severely flawed". 

"This is a simple clarification that will support the professional status of teachers," Ms Marcroft said during its first reading in February. 

It would have meant people such as music teachers and special education teachers would need to be described as tutors, mentors or educators, Ms Marcroft previously told Stuff. 

"We are saying there should be differentiation between those who are trained in the practice of education and those subject matter experts."

If they continued to call themselves teachers, they could face a $2,000 fine.

The bill, written by Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin, passed its first reading in parliament with support from Labour, NZFirst and the Green Party, only opposed by National and ACT. 

A poll by TVNZ1's Breakfast asked last month if Facebook users agreed with the proposed move, with only 214 people voting for the amendment, and over 2,800 against. 

Despite majority support in its first reading, Ms Marcroft yesterday removed the bill, "after a positive discussion between New Zealand First and the office of the Minister of Education", she said in a statement. 

The statement went on to highlight the recent launch of a new initiative called 'Education Conversation 2018'.

"Add this to the multiple trains of work the Minister of Education is undertaking and I see a real commitment to raising and recognising the status of our teaching profession which gives me confidence that my Member's Bill is no longer needed," Ms Marcroft said. 

Education Council general manager Pauline Barnes told 1 NEWS she was pleased the bill had been withdrawn. 

"As the professional body for registered teachers we are always interested in opportunities to raise the status of our members but this bill simply did not do that," Ms Barnes said. 

The move was welcomed by National education spokesperson Nikki Kaye, who called it a "big win" for those who would have lost the title of teacher. 

"It's good that Jenny Marcroft has recognised the overwhelming opposition to the bill she inherited from Tracey Martin and made the right call to drop it. Her heart was in the right place but the bill was not well thought-through."

"There are far better ways to raise the status of teachers. We need to make sure we have high quality graduates choosing teaching as a career and investing in professional learning and development opportunities.

"This bill was severely flawed from the start and I hope this is the last we’ll see of it," Ms Kaye said. 

Jenny Marcroft and Nikki Kaye.
Jenny Marcroft and Nikki Kaye.

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'There are people out there who know who is responsible' - police appeal to public for help in Mangere double shooting

Police say "there are people out there who know who is responsible" for a deadly double shooting in Mangere last week that left a local man dead.

Eplahame Tu'uheava, 28, was fatally shot while his wife Mele survived a gunshot to her upper body.

Last week gang connections to Mr Tu'uheava were uncovered by 1 NEWS.

Sources told 1 NEWS that the victim had been warned that a hit had been ordered on him by another gang in Australia.

Word on the street was that the two Tongans flew from Australia to New Zealand to execute him.

Today police have appealed for those that have inside information to come forward.

"We urge them to do the right thing and contact police. Any information will be treated in strict confidence," Detective Inspector Tofilau Faa Vaaelua said today.

"Police have received a number of calls from the public with information and we are grateful for their assistance. 

"Police still want to hear from anyone with information about this incident or anyone who has information about the identity of people who are believed to be involved.

"Anyone with information is urged to contact Counties Manukau Crime Squad on 09 261 1321 or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

A man was shot dead and a woman was shot and injured on May 1. Source: 1 NEWS


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