Commerce Commission launches investigation into WORLD clothing brand's 'Made in New Zealand' labelling

The Commerce Commission has launched an investigation into New Zealand clothing brand WORLD after receiving nine complaints about the accuracy of the  "Made in NZ" labels on the brand's t-shirts.

The fashion label, headed by Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet, has been under fire with accusations they have misled consumers about the origins of their clothing.

A Spinoff investigation on May 7 revealed the WORLD store in Auckland was found to be 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.

"After a preliminary assessment of these complaints, the Commission has opened an investigation," the Commerce Commission said in a statement.

The Commission also reminded all business that "Made In New Zealand" claims must be accurate, able to be substantiated and must not mislead consumers.

"The Fair Trading Act (FTA) prohibits businesses from making false or misleading claims about the country of origin of their products,"  the commission said in a release.

"Symbols such as kiwis or the New Zealand flag can also convey a misleading impression about the origin of the product if, in fact, it is not manufactured or produced in New Zealand."

The commission also offered an explanation on what constituted a product that was "made in New Zealand".

For clothing, where is it changed from fabric into a garment? For food, where were the ingredients grown? For manufacturing, was it substantially manufactured in NZ, where was the primary componentry made and did any substantial stages of manufacture occur overseas?

"For example, if a manufacturing process includes steps taken within New Zealand and overseas, some brands choose to explain this with labelling such as 'Packaged in New Zealand using imported ingredients,'" Commissioner Anna Rawlings said.

WORLD has long claimed its clothes are NZ made but it’s now emerged a small percentage aren’t. Source: 1 NEWS

"For clothing, an accurate claim might say 'Designed in NZ and manufactured in China.'"

WORLD has long claimed its clothes are NZ made but it’s now emerged a small percentage aren’t. Source: 1 NEWS

Police seeking witnesses to two Auckland crashes, one of which was fatal

Police are seeking witnesses to two crashes in South and East Auckland over the weekend, one of which was fatal.

The fatal accident occurred on Saturday at 11pm between Te Irirangi Rd between Smales Road and Accent Drive when a white Mazda Familia was driving on the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with another car.

There are reports of the car being involved in some near misses with other vehicles prior to the crash.

Counties Manukau police are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who saw white Mazda Familia being driven in the period before 11pm and particularly the reported near misses.

The second crash happened on Sunday at approximately 9:25am at the intersection of Ti Rakau Drive and Edgewater Drive in Flat Bush.

It involved a black BMW 745I and a black Honda Civic with police also interested in speaking to people who saw those two vehicles being driven around this time.

Any with information is urged to contact Constable Gabrielle Griffiths on 021 192 1542. 

Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police investigate at the scene of the crash on Te Irirangi Drive, East Tamaki. Source: 1 NEWS


Cash for recyclable bottles scheme should be reintroduced, local councils urge Government

Bottle buyback schemes have made a comeback all around the world and could the recycling intiative could possibly make a comeback in New Zealand.

Councils across New Zealand are calling for the buyback scheme - that ended in the 1980s -  to be brought back by central Government to encourage Kiwis to recycle glass, aluminium and plastic, Stuff reports.

According to a Waste Management Institute New Zealand report, the comeback of a container deposit scheme could save councils up to $20.9 million a year on recycling collection costs.

The report also finds the scheme could help make New Zealand better off by up to $645 million over 10 years.  

A discussion around the issue is set to take place at the Local Government New Zealand conference in July.

A Local Government New Zealand spokesperson told Stuff they have, "endorsed the concept of a national-mandated beverage container deposit scheme and requested that the Government require industry to develop and implement a container deposit scheme."

Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage says "we need to reduce waste across the board".

"This includes looking at container deposit and product stewardship schemes and other options such as economic incentives to reduce waste going to landfill."

Police were pelted with bottles at a party Source: 1 NEWS