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
- Branch Office
- Joint Venture
- Sile trader
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
- Current status (active/inactive)
- Main activities
- Directors and shareholders
NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.
- 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
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
New Zealand acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization 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.
You can order free preliminary availability check of required information on our website.
|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 €|