Meetings with vaping industry representatives

The Vaping Regulatory Authority (VRA) wishes to observe complete transparency in its dealings with the vaping industry.

The VRA maintains a public record of all of its meetings with vaping manufacturers, importers, retailers and their representatives. The primary focus for vaping industry representative engagement is around providing input into the customer experience perspective as we develop the new online portal which will be used for submitting annual reports and returns, SVR applications and product notifications. The portal is due to be in place by August 2021.


21 October 2021: Meeting with Cosmic

Purpose: To discuss the high level process for manufacturers, importers and retailers to submit specialist vape retailer applications and product notifications to the VRA.

Meeting attendees: Matt Burgess and Stephanie Parlane (Ministry of Health), Nell Rice (Cosmic)

27 September 2021: Meeting with Vape2Go, Puffmart, Taki

Purpose: To discuss the high level process for manufacturers, importers and retailers to submit specialist vape retailer applications and product notifications to the VRA.

Meeting attendees: Matt Burgess and Stephanie Parlane (Ministry of Health), Leon Wang, Darcy Wong (Vape2Go), Sean Lee, Felix Shi (Puffmart) and Johnson Wang, Lilith Zhong, Grace Ran (TAKI).

26 August 2021: Meeting with Lion Projects

Purpose: To discuss the high level process for manufacturers, importers and retailers to submit specialist vape retailer applications and product notifications to the VRA.

Meeting attendees: Matt Burgess and Stephanie Parlane (Ministry of Health), Max Fudakowski Stanley and Cahn McKenzie (Lion Projects)

17 August 2021: Meeting with Te Wairua Ltd

Purpose: To discuss the high level process for manufacturers and importers to submit product notifications to the VRA.

Meeting attendees: Matt Burgess and Stephanie Parlane (Ministry of Health), Morris Lazootin (Te Wairua Ltd)

5 August 2021: Meeting with Vapo

Purpose: To discuss the high level process for manufacturers, importers and retailers to submit specialist vape retailer applications and product notifications to the VRA.

Meeting attendees: Matt Burgess and Stephanie Parlane (Ministry of Health), Ben Pryor and Eliana Golberstein (Vapo)

3 August 2021: Meeting with Cosmic, Hoopers Vapour , NZ Vapor, Vape Merchant

Purpose: To discuss the high level process for manufacturers, importers and retailers to submit specialist vape retailer applications and product notifications to the VRA.

Meeting attendees: Matt Burgess and Stephanie Parlane (Ministry of Health), Nell Rice (Cosmic), Mathew Stephenson (Hoopers Vapour), QJ Satchell (NZ Vapor), Clint Baxter (Vape Merchant)

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