Helpful links

The following is a list of links to other organisations who are involved in dispute resolution and assisting consumers:

COVID-19 advice for energy consumers
The Electricity Authority provides a useful summary of support options, encouraging consumers to save, and stay warm, well and connected during this time. See the consumer guidance here.

Tips for saving on bills by reducing energy use 
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has provided some tips to reduce your use and save here.

Warmer kiwi homes programme
EECA are letting people know you can begin applying for grants for the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme.  Find out if you qualify for a Government Warmer Kiwi Homes grant for insulation and/or an efficient heater here.

 

Electricity Retailers' Association (ERANZ) have produced this helpful infographic: What do electricity retailers do [PDF 645KB] - check it out!

Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)

Self regulate advertising in NZ.

Australian and New Zealand Ombudsman Association (ANZOA)

Established in 2003, ANZOA is a professional association and the leading body for Ombudsmen in Australia and New Zealand.

Banking Ombudsman

Deals with consumer complaints about banks.

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Provides information, advice, advocacy, and support to individuals.

Commerce Commission

Deals with competition and fair trading issues, and controls distributor prices.

See the Commerce Commission's know your rights page to find out about changes to consumer law effective from 17 June 2014.

Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC)

Focus on three areas; Retirement Policies, Retirement Villages, and Financial Capability. The CFFC receives complaints about retirement villages.

Community Law Centres

Provide community legal services.

Complaint Line

A directory of complaints bodies in NZ.

Consumer NZ

Advice on consumer products and services.

Disputes Tribunal of NZ

Quicker, cheaper, and less formal than court. You can use the Tribunal to settle small claims up to $15,000 or, if everyone agrees, $20,000.

Electricity Authority (EA)

An independent Crown entity responsible for the efficient operation of the NZ electricity market.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

Energy efficiency advice, including the home heating programme “Warm Up New Zealand”.

FinCap

Offers support to all budgeting and financial capability services in NZ. They provide budgeting services with all the resources they need to help clients safely and confidentially.

Gas Industry Co (GIC)

Regulates the operation of the gas industry.

Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman (IFSO)

Deals with consumer complaints about insurance companies.

MoneyTalks

A helpline available to provide free budgeting advice to individuals, family, and whānau.

New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services

Free, independent advice on your home finances.

Office of the Ombudsman

Deals with complaints about the public sector and state-owned enterprises.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Ensures personal information is respected and protected.

Powerswitch

Compares electricity prices between retailers by area.

sorted.org.nz

Sorted is a free service powered by CFFC (Commission for Financial Capability), the government-funded, independent agency dedicated to helping New Zealanders get ahead financially.

Telecommunications Dispute Resolution Service (TDR)

Deals with consumer complaints about telecommunication companies.

Work and Income

Provides Government financial assistance.