Who we are
Trading Standards is a team within the Market Integrity branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Hīkina Whakatutuki.
Our role as a regulator means we're responsible for protecting New Zealand consumers by keeping our marketplace free from non-compliant products and services. We do this by:
- making sure New Zealanders have access to accurate measurements for purchase decisions
- ensuring the quality of marine and automotive fuel supplied in New Zealand.
Our core audience is business, but we also work alongside Consumer Protection, the consumer-facing team within the Consumer Protection and Standards branch of MBIE.
Areas of responsibility
Trading Standards has the following regulatory responsibilities:
- Trade measurement (accurate weights and measures for trade)
- Fuel quality monitoring (including marine and automotive fuel)
In 2021, regulatory responsibility for administering and maintaining the following occupational licencing registers moved to the Occupational Regulation team within MBIE:
- Motor vehicle traders
- Independently qualified pool inspectors