The New Zealand regulator has not yet ruled on the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The antimonopoly authority has repeatedly set itself the deadline for publishing the decision, but after that it shifted it to a later date. This happened once again – now July 17 is listed as the deadline for a decision.
When the deadlines are postponed, the New Zealand regulator does not explain its decision in any way. According to their website, the deadline has already been postponed 7 times. Initially, the deadline was extended until September 2, 2022, then until September 9, 2022, then they were: November 11, 2022, February 3, 2023, April 28, 2023, June 9, 2023 and now the deadline has been postponed to July 17, 2023.
Recall that Microsoft and Activision Blizzard planned to close the merger until June 30, 2023, but blocking the deal by the FTC (in the US) and CMA (in the UK) prevented them from doing so.