Two duvet firms have been accused of pulling the wool over tourists' eyes by selling sheep fleece-filled bedding as cashmere and alpaca.
Duvet manufacturer Princess Wool Co Limited, wholesaler Nangong Limited and four men linked to the firms appeared in Auckland District Court today on charges brought by the Commerce Commission.
Princess Wool and two men, Koo Yoarn Lee and Kevin Stocker, pleaded not guilty to 124 charges relating to misrepresentations made about the composition of alpaca or cashmere duvets sold to organised Chinese and Korean tour groups through Auckland stores.
The misrepresentations were made through their packaging, labelling, correspondence with customers and customer invoices, the commission said.
Nangong Limited and two other men, Yun Qiang Hou and Caicai Hou, face 19 similar charges and were remanded without plea until March 8.
They misrepresented their products by claiming they were made in New Zealand instead of China, and contained alpaca wool when they in fact contained none.
As this matter is now before the court, the commission said it was unable to comment further.
The commission has previously prosecuted eight companies and seven individuals for selling Asian tourists imported alpaca rugs as New Zealand made, and claiming duvets were predominantly alpaca or merino wool when they were not.
They were convicted and fined more than $1 million.