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Extracts from commercial register of New Zealand

Schmidt & Schmidt provides extracts from the commercial register of New Zealand with a translation and an apostille.

New Zealand is an island country in the Pacific Ocean comprising two major islands and about 600 smaller ones. This is a unitary constitutional monarchy, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state. The Queen is represented here by the Governor-General. De facto head of state is the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Local currency is the New Zealand dollar. Official languages are English, Maori, and the New Zealand Sign Language. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, OECD, World Trade Organisation, Pacific Islands Forum, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

New Zealand has a highly developed economy. The country ranks first in the Ease of Doing Business Index (2018), and ranks high in the Index of Economic Freedom. Economy of New Zealand is closely linked to Australia. Local economy is diversified and globalised, mainly depending on international trade. New Zealand is not considered an offshore jurisdiction or a tax haven. OECD classifies it as “compliant” in tax cooperation matters. However, it is possible to carry out quasi-offshore operations in the country by involving a resident company with a foreign trust (where founders and directors are non-residents and get revenue from outside New Zealand).

Resident company can sign a contract with such trust and manage it on its own behalf. This implies that a resident company would get revenue from abroad, а revenue eligible for tax exemption – and transfer it to the trust it manages.

Business activities in New Zealand are regulated by 1993 Companies Act, 2009 Business Law and other relevant laws. Local legislation is based on the English law.

Main types of businesses in New Zealand

  • Limited Liability Company
  • Public Company
  • Partnership
  • Branch Office
  • Subsidiary
  • Joint Venture
  • Trust
  • Sile trader

In our video we explain the definition and function of a commercial register and how you can verify the reliability and solvency of your foreign business partner.

Should you wish to check the sincerity of your foreign business partner’s request, Schmidt&Schmidt will gladly assist you.

We offer extracts from the commercial registers of more than 100 different registers in countries spread all around the globe. Additionally, we offer annual statements for a variety of companies. The original extract from any commercial register can be sent to you by mail or as a pdf-file via e-mail. Besides that, commercial register extracts can be authenticated with an apostille.

Commercial register is managed by the New Zealand Companies Office – a government body within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Apart from the Companies Register, the Companies Office is responsible for the Personal Property Securities Register, Financial Service Providers Register, New Zealand Business Number Register, and many others. The registers are available online.

Contents of the register

Main extract available from the commercial register of New Zealand is a company profile. It comes in the English language and contains information about a company, relevant at the moment of the request.

  • Full legal name (and former names)
  • Registration number and date
  • Contact details
  • Type of business
  • Reports
  • Current status (active/inactive)
  • Main activities
  • Directors and shareholders

NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.

Other available

  • Certificate of Good Standing – official document that confirms a company’s solvency, reliability, and right to do business in New Zealand. This certificate is only issued to companies that fully comply with the requirements in terms of taxation and financial reports submission.
  • Certificate of Incorporation – confirms company’s registration in New Zealand.
  • Company Extract
  • Shareholder Consent Form
  • Director Consent Form

Sample of an extract from NZ commercial register in English
Sample of an extract from NZ commercial register in English, with apostille
Sample of Certificate of Incorporation in English

To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:

  • Full legal name
  • Registration number

An extract from the business register of New Zealand can be used in order to:

  • Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
  • Negotiate foreign trade agreements
  • File legal claims

Apostille for extracts from New Zealand

New Zealand acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents on 22 November 2001.

Therefore, the documents issued in New Zealand are subject to a simplified apostilling procedure, thus the documents gain full legal value in Convention member states after notarised translation.

In addition, you can order notarised translation from English.

We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of New Zealand and the General Data Protection Regulation.

Inquiries are processed within one working day. Courier delivery of apostilled documents is paid separately by courier service tariffs.

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Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an Electronic Extract from 17,85 from 15,00
Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping from 357,00 from 300,00

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