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Minister still considering status of Unlisted

Friday 19th December 2003

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Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel is still considering whether to exercise the declaration power contained in the Securities Markets Act 1988 in relation to the Unlisted securities trading facility

"As Minister of Commerce I have the power to declare that a market must either cease operating or become registered under the Securities Markets Act, if I am satisfied that not doing so is likely to be detrimental to the integrity or effectiveness of, or the confidence of investors in, securities markets in New Zealand," Lianne Dalziel said.

One method that the integrity, effectiveness and confidence criteria may be satisfied is through the operation of an unregistered facility that is in substance, an 'exchange'.

The Act is focused on maintaining the integrity, effectiveness and confidence principles by ensuring the proper operation of all exchanges operating in the New Zealand securities market. This is accomplished through registration and the accompanying scrutiny of the exchange's rules and operation, and with oversight from the Securities Commission.

"I have made it clear to the Unlisted operators, M-co, that should the venture operate sufficiently similarly to an exchange, then I would regard the statutory criteria as having been met, which would allow me to invoke the declaration power.

"I have yet to make a decision regarding the Unlisted operation and I will monitor the situation carefully. The key test requires me to consider the substance of the facility and then to ask whether there is detriment to the integrity or effectiveness of, or the confidence of investors in, New Zealand's securities markets," Lianne Dalziel said.

Meanwhile, Waipara Hills Wine Estate has became the fourth quoted Unlisted Issuer. Its ordinary shares are now available for trading on Unlisted and its convertible preference shares will be available shortly.

"For our shareholders Unlisted offers easy access to information such as share price and company announcements, and a simple way to trade their shares," Waipara Hills' chief executive Lew Stribling says.

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