Who we are

Trading Standards is a team within the Consumer Protection and Standards branch of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Hīkina Whakatutuki.

Regulator role

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 in the following ways:

  • making sure New Zealanders have accurate measurement and quality fuel
  • administering and maintaining the occupational licencing registers for motor vehicle traders, auctioneers and pool inspectors.

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.

Consumer Protection website(external link)

Areas of responsibility

We have 5 areas of responsibility, which fall into 2 main categories:

  • Regulating:
    • trade measurement (accurate weights and measures for trade), and
    • fuel quality monitoring.
  • Administering and maintaining the following occupational licencing registers:
    • Motor vehicle traders
    • Auctioneers
    • Independently qualified pool inspectors.