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Information for suppliers and style guide for the New Zealand Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme

Publication date:  December 2019
Publication reference number:  ME 1483

This guide provides information for people who import, manufacture, or sell products covered by New Zealand’s Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS). The WELS products are:

  • clothes washing machines
  • dishwashers
  • lavatories
  • showers
  • taps
  • urinals.

The guide includes a Style Guide for the label artwork including the correct font, colour palette, printing requirements and examples of all the label types. Suppliers can download the WELS label artwork files from

About WELS

Under the Consumer Information Standards (Water Efficiency) Regulations 2017, New Zealand importers and manufacturers are responsible for ensuring products they import or manufacture are tested and meet the labelling requirements of this regulation. Retailers are responsible for ensuring WELS labels are displayed with these products at point of sale including online.

WELS labelling provides clear information to consumers on a product’s water efficiency and water consumption in a standardised form, to help them choose products that use less water to perform the desired function.

Related information

Consumer Information Standards (Water Efficiency) Regulations 2017 [New Zealand Legislation website]

Australian scheme: Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme [Australian Government website]