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Greg Harford

Business groups, experts and politicians respond to the Government's new Covid-19 framework
22nd Oct 21, 1:26pm
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Business groups, experts and politicians respond to the Government's new Covid-19 framework
The Government details the Commerce Commission's proposed powers to regulate merchant service fees in a 'future-proofed' regulatory regime
13th May 21, 7:36am
The Government details the Commerce Commission's proposed powers to regulate merchant service fees in a 'future-proofed' regulatory regime
Statistics New Zealand says seasonally-adjusted electronic card spending dropped 3.2% in February - and in actual terms was 8.1% lower than in February 2020
10th Mar 21, 12:25pm
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Statistics New Zealand says seasonally-adjusted electronic card spending dropped 3.2% in February - and in actual terms was 8.1% lower than in February 2020
CEO Chris Lamers says Flexigroup doesn't anticipate merchant service fees charged by its buy now pay later service would be included in any government regulation
15th Sep 20, 5:00am
CEO Chris Lamers says Flexigroup doesn't anticipate merchant service fees charged by its buy now pay later service would be included in any government regulation
Labour pledges 'regulation of the price' as it eyes introduction of merchant service fee regulation in New Zealand, should it be returned to government in the October 17 election
9th Sep 20, 4:08pm
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Labour pledges 'regulation of the price' as it eyes introduction of merchant service fee regulation in New Zealand, should it be returned to government in the October 17 election
Labour Party unveils commitment to reduce fees small businesses pay their banks for accepting debit and credit cards through regulation of merchant service fees
8th Sep 20, 12:00pm
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Labour Party unveils commitment to reduce fees small businesses pay their banks for accepting debit and credit cards through regulation of merchant service fees
Retail NZ says about 10,000 retailers are estimated to be in danger of going out of business over the next 12 months
2nd Sep 20, 10:24am
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Retail NZ says about 10,000 retailers are estimated to be in danger of going out of business over the next 12 months
The retail sector still seeing two-speed trading with many operators reporting sales up up but a significant minority reporting falling sales
6th Aug 20, 1:54pm
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The retail sector still seeing two-speed trading with many operators reporting sales up up but a significant minority reporting falling sales
Retail NZ and banks trumpet cuts in Visa & Mastercard interchange fees and merchants' contactless debit fees, but Commerce & Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi wants more competition
6th Aug 20, 9:34am
Retail NZ and banks trumpet cuts in Visa & Mastercard interchange fees and merchants' contactless debit fees, but Commerce & Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi wants more competition
Neither retailers nor commercial property owners satisfied with where the Government landed on how rent relief should be negotiated
4th Jun 20, 6:42pm
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Neither retailers nor commercial property owners satisfied with where the Government landed on how rent relief should be negotiated
Business groups warn of widespread failures and job losses if commercial tenants aren't given rent relief
24th Apr 20, 11:14am
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Business groups warn of widespread failures and job losses if commercial tenants aren't given rent relief
Limit on contactless payments increasing to $200 from $80 to encourage consumers not to touch payments terminals. Good for our health, but bad for EFTPOS?
9th Apr 20, 8:00am
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Limit on contactless payments increasing to $200 from $80 to encourage consumers not to touch payments terminals. Good for our health, but bad for EFTPOS?
In the fourth part of a series on NZ's retail payment systems, Gareth Vaughan looks at EFTPOS and COVID-19, and finds banks in charge of implementing some of the key technologies that could crimp their revenues
8th Apr 20, 10:00am
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In the fourth part of a series on NZ's retail payment systems, Gareth Vaughan looks at EFTPOS and COVID-19, and finds banks in charge of implementing some of the key technologies that could crimp their revenues
In the third part of a series on NZ's retail payment systems, Gareth Vaughan looks at the complications of interchange & merchant service fees and finds a government minister still waving a regulatory stick
28th Mar 20, 10:32am
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In the third part of a series on NZ's retail payment systems, Gareth Vaughan looks at the complications of interchange & merchant service fees and finds a government minister still waving a regulatory stick
Gareth Vaughan casts an eye over UBS research tomes on Afterpay and the buy now, pay later sector to get a feel for its success and the threats it faces
21st Oct 19, 9:48am
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Gareth Vaughan casts an eye over UBS research tomes on Afterpay and the buy now, pay later sector to get a feel for its success and the threats it faces
Report from Retail NZ shows retailers have had a slow start to 2019 
16th Apr 19, 4:53pm
Report from Retail NZ shows retailers have had a slow start to 2019 
Veiled threats by eBay and Alibaba that they could be forced to go offline if the Government doesn't give them more time to get ready to start paying GST met with scepticism by MPs
4th Apr 19, 1:21pm
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Veiled threats by eBay and Alibaba that they could be forced to go offline if the Government doesn't give them more time to get ready to start paying GST met with scepticism by MPs
Govt proposes law change to require overseas retailers selling goods to New Zealanders online to start paying GST; Change won't necessarily cost online shoppers more
18th Oct 18, 10:06am
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Govt proposes law change to require overseas retailers selling goods to New Zealanders online to start paying GST; Change won't necessarily cost online shoppers more
The debate & lobbying over whether retail payments ought to be regulated in NZ bubbled to the surface again this week, with the ball slowly but surely moving firmly into the government's court
22nd Apr 18, 5:45pm
The debate & lobbying over whether retail payments ought to be regulated in NZ bubbled to the surface again this week, with the ball slowly but surely moving firmly into the government's court
What the NZ retail payments industry is doing to facilitate open banking and reduce merchant fees to keep the Government happy and avoid regulation
18th Apr 18, 9:02am
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What the NZ retail payments industry is doing to facilitate open banking and reduce merchant fees to keep the Government happy and avoid regulation
'Measured' approach proposed for closing multinationals' tax loopholes seen as too tough by big business consultant and too weak by retail lobby group
5th Mar 17, 8:12pm
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'Measured' approach proposed for closing multinationals' tax loopholes seen as too tough by big business consultant and too weak by retail lobby group