Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Natural Health Alliance Welcomes Withdrawal of NHP Bill

Natural Health Alliance

Withdrawal of the Natural Health Products Bill

Press Release

Natural Health Alliance Welcomes Withdrawal of NHP Bill

The Natural Health Alliance is pleased that the new government has removed the Natural Health Products Bill from the Parliamentary Order Paper.

“The defunct Bill would have had a chilling effect on the Natural Health Products industry in New Zealand,” according to Patrick Fahy, Chairman of the Natural Health Alliance. “It would have imposed a huge regulatory cost on New Zealand manufacturers and meant that many overseas suppliers would have refused to deal with New Zealand companies.”

Mr Fahy also states, “This bill was an existential threat to a good number of businesses in our industry. We would not have been able to afford the compliance costs this bill would have imposed on us, gifting our overseas competitors a huge competitive advantage. Products available online through Amazon & iHerb would have become far cheaper than exactly the same New Zealand products sold under the failed Bill.”

CEO of BePure, Andrew Laloli says, “We are extremely grateful for the support of both New Zealand First and Labour. They have saved New Zealand jobs by killing this short-sighted bill. The bill is now well out of date and has been overtaken by the internet. We need legislation that supports New Zealand companies to compete on the same terms as global internet sites. Without the threat of this Bill hanging over our heads the industry can plan to innovate and expand in the future.”

Mr Fahy is surprised that a few large manufacturing companies in the industry wanted to impose huge costs on smaller New Zealand companies, largely so they could comply with Australian regulations. “There is nothing stopping a New Zealand firm opting into Australian standards, without imposing unnecessary and unfair costs on New Zealand consumers,” says Mr Fahy.

“We are thrilled that New Zealand First and Labour listened to the concerns of the industry and dropped the Bill. The failed Bill was essentially an expensive barrier to entry to newcomers in our industry and would have increased costs for New Zealand consumers buying from New Zealand companies.”

The Natural Health Alliance represents a large number of innovative Natural Health Product businesses in New Zealand, serving a knowledgeable customer base that make informed choices about their own health and wellbeing.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Cyclone Gita: Metservice Forecasts Gita To Impact New Zealand - Be Prepared

Cyclone Gita is expected to approach New Zealand from the northwest. There remains some uncertainty with regards to the speed and track of Gita, but the passage of this system across New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday is likely to bring a period of highly impactful severe weather.

People should be aware of the potential for coastal inundation, especially where high waves,low atmospheric pressure and strong onshore winds come together ... More>>

 

'Hit And Run' Raid: NZDF Had Reports Of Civilian Casualties

The NZDF received intelligence updates within one or two days of the August 2010 SAS raid in Afghanistan that reported civilian casualties, including the death of a child, new OIA documents reveal... it appears they did not bother to investigate nor made any effort to help the victims. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Public Meeting: Complete U-Turn By Labour And NZ First On TPP

The TPP might have been re-branded as the CPTPP but it's still the same bad deal says Professor Jane Kelsey, New Zealand's expert on international economic regulation. More>>

ALSO:

Commerce, Etc: Thicker Bright Line For Real Estate

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed the bright-line test on residential property sales will be extended from two years to five years in legislation currently making its way through Parliament.More>>

ALSO:

Prison Inspections: Reports on Manawatu and Paremoremo Released

The Office of the Inspectorate today released reports into Manawatu Prison and Auckland Prison (Paremoremo), the first two resulting from a programme of inspections of New Zealand prisons. More>>

Whistle Blowers: Government To Review Law On Protection

Work has begun on a review of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Leadership Contest

National needs a new leader able to: (a) compete with, undermine and defeat a currently popular and politically adept Prime Minister; (b) define whether National now sees itself as being a traditional conservative party or a modern neo-liberal one; (c) devise a strategy that addresses National’s chronic lack of a viable coalition partner More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch: PM Launches 100% Electric Car Share Offering

The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest deployment of pure battery electric cars and largest pure EV car sharing model was officially launched in Christchurch today by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages