Blog: Leonie BarrieKiwi clothing scam

Leonie Barrie | 26 February 2007

Kiwi athletes at last year's Commonwealth Games were inadvertently caught in a clothing scam after the company that made their uniforms admitted replacing ‘Made in China’ labels with those saying ‘Made in New Zealand’. The owner of Sports Resources Ltd, which contracted to Adidas for the 2006 games uniforms, this month pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Commerce Commission. According to the Sunday Star Times, eight out of the 12 Commonwealth Games garments were affected by the label switch.

Adidas apparently had no idea of any problems with the uniforms until a Commerce Commission raid on Christmas Eve. Sport Resources is still producing clothing lines for Adidas but all contractors had been told Adidas would not support or condone incorrect labelling of products. Well, that’s them told then.

But of course it’s not that easy is it? Another 30 clothing importers, retailers and manufacturers in New Zealand are said to be under warnings from the Commerce Commission over labelling issues.


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