NZ Government confirms crackdown on ticket scalpers

New Zealand 05/03/2019

The NZ government has announced plans to crackdown on ticket re-sellers and scalpers.

"Many New Zealanders are being subject to ticketing scams and fraud, including unknowingly buying tickets at inflated prices from unofficial sites," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

"Professional scalpers are using ticket bots to buy-up large quantities of tickets online and then re-sell them at hugely inflated prices."

"Given the unfair impact ticket scalping has, we are going to do something about it," Ms Ardern said.

The Prime Minister said it's not just big international events that are the issue: "These practices also affect our local cultural sector. I've heard that the Upper Hutt Musical Theatre's production of Blood Brothers had tickets on Viagogo advertised for $135 - that's $105 more than the original ticket price."

"This is blatantly unfair and not good for consumers, or the organisers."

Some actions they plan to take include better information around events and even a price cap on resold tickets.