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December 2019 Newsletter

Thank you for your support. It has been a busy year at the ASA and we are looking forward to a break over the holiday period. At this time of year, it is easy to make hasty online purchases without checking the shop is legitimate. We’re supporting the Domain Name Commission’s #ShopSafeNZ campaign to raise public awareness about how to spot fraudulent sites. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Fireworks Advertising

The ASA is often asked about restrictions around advertising fireworks in New Zealand.  We wanted to provide an overview of some of the things to consider when creating fireworks advertisements. Fireworks are controlled by the Hazardous Substances (Fireworks) Regulations 2001 and there are strict rules around buying and selling fireworks. Although fireworks can be used… Read More

New Decisions: Ride-share comparisons, healthy lunchboxes and more

The Complaints Board agreed the advertisement made no explicit claim that OLA’s service was faster than its competitor, but OLA’s claim that it was “way cheaper” was not sufficiently supported by the information it provided.  The Complaints Board said the advertisement’s disclaimers containing information explaining the pricing structure were difficult to read.