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The Aussie tax office is coming for Kiwi retailers

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  • April 13, 2018
  • Greg Harford
The Aussie tax office is coming for Kiwi retailers

New rules mean New Zealand online retailers need to register for Australian GST from 1 July if they sell to Aussie consumers, and Retail NZ general manager public affairs Greg Harford shares how the organisation has renewed its call for the Government to level the playing field by making foreign websites register for New Zealand GST.

Online retailers from New Zealand do substantial business into Australia, to the point where the Australian Tax Office has been holding seminars in New Zealand this week to brief retailers on the new requirements.

Retail NZ accepts Australia's right to tax foreign firms on the same basis as Australian firms, but we are deeply concerned that the New Zealand Government has so far failed to follow suit. Retailers in New Zealand have long suffered a competitive disadvantage as a result of Government tax policy, but the ultimate indignity is now that New Zealand retailers selling into Australia need to pay Australian GST to the Canberra Government, while Australian retailers are effectively given a tax-free pass by our Government when selling into New Zealand.  It's another example of action by Australia to disadvantage Kiwis that's not being reciprocated by the New Zealand Government.

The best solution to this thorny issue is for the New Zealand Government to require all foreign firms doing business here to register for GST, just as the Australians are doing.  While it may not be perfect, it is the most practical solution to deal with an issue that is causing massive problems for our domestic retail industry, who have to pay tax while their foreign competitors don’t. 

Action on this issue is urgent.  The previous New Zealand Government studied this issue for a number of years but failed to act and the current Government is thinking about the issue, but retailers want to see progress.  Retail NZ is continuing its call for the new New Zealand Government to announce a GST registration requirement for foreign online retailers in this year's budget.

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Showpo: Monitoring and monetising social marketing

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  • April 19, 2018
  • Courtney Devereux
Showpo: Monitoring and monetising social marketing

Online clothing retailer Showpo boasts an impressive social media reach, using different platforms to promote its brand to its audience of over two million. We spoke to chief marketing officer of Showpo, Mark Baartse, about the best way to market on social media and if he thinks influencers have longevity in a world ruled by ‘likes’.

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Wondermins designer vitamins launch in New Zealand

  • News
  • April 19, 2018
  • Sarah Dunn
Wondermins designer vitamins launch in New Zealand

In the US, branded vitamins taking their visual language from the beauty world are a trendy new product category that retailers are racing to invest in. A New Zealand company has launched its own AI-enabled answer to the trend: Wondermins.

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The April/May issue of NZ Retail magazine is headed to subscribers

  • News
  • April 19, 2018
  • The Register team
The April/May issue of NZ Retail magazine is headed to subscribers

Our newest edition of The Register’s print magazine, NZ Retail, is on its way to a letterbox near you. In it, we explore the highly specialised world of airport retail; explain how retailers can roll with upcoming changes to employment law; take you to not one but two US trade fairs with the International Home + Housewares Show and Shoptalk; trace the ecosystem behind stock units; and take a totally mature and non-salacious look at the hard growth behind adult toy retail.

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