Submissions

Clear rights to responsible conduct from lenders are important as lending can cause significant and disproportionate harm to whānau. Buy-Now Pay-Later (BNPL) services are loans that can trigger or compound substantial hardship. Aotearoa is fortunate in that Section 137A of the Credit Contract and Consumer...

Energy hardship can see whānau stuck going without what they need for health, wellbeing and social participation. Recognising and addressing the harm caused to communities due to avoidable hardship should be a top priority for decision makers. The ways of measuring the impacts of initiatives...

In Aotearoa the use of money is essential for the health, wellbeing and social participation of whānau. Effective oversight and action to ensure all can use money confidently is a cornerstone of building financial capability and overcoming hardship in our communities. FinCap welcomes the opportunity...

Too often FinCap hears from financial mentors who are concerned that some in Aotearoa are denied access to bank accounts or other essential services. At times when we follow up with the institutions who are denying access, we are told that AML (Anti Money Laundering...

Effective enforcement from regulators is a critical cornerstone for achieving a well-functioning consumer protection framework in Aotearoa. As the Electricity Industry Amendment Bill is currently progressing through parliament, we encourage the Electricity Authority ready the Draft Strategy for a clear consumer protection function. We are also...

Energy is an essential service, whānau need it for their health wellbeing and social participation. Clear protections to ensure all whānau can readily access the energy they need under fair arrangements are critical to wellbeing in our communities as our energy system transitions. We strongly support...

Irresponsible lending from internet and phone providers for unaffordable products and services is a systemic issue that has been regularly raised with FinCap by financial mentors. FinCap generally supports the recommendations made by the Commerce Commission Draft report to the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum Inc. on...