Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee has opened an inquiry into the current and future nature, impact, and
risks of cryptocurrencies.
Dr Duncan Webb, chairperson of the committee said: “This inquiry will give us a good opportunity to further our
understanding of this increasingly important topic.”
The terms of reference for the inquiry are:
· To inquire into, and establish the nature and benefits of cryptocurrencies:
o To establish how crypto-currencies are created and traded.
o To understand the environmental impact of ‘mining’ crypto-currencies.
o To identify risks to users and traders of crypto-currencies.
· To identify the risks crypto-currencies pose to the monetary system and financial stability, including tax
implications, in New Zealand.
· To establish how crypto-currencies are used by criminal organisations.
· To establish whether means exist to regulate crypto-currencies, either by sovereign states, central banks, or
Dr Webb said: “We look forward to engaging with some of New Zealand’s experts on this subject.”
The committee will make further announcements regarding the dates and nature of this inquiry in due course.