January 2017

Incorporating a Company in NZ

The benefits of incorporating a company in New Zealand are many. We would argue that of all of the benefits we describe below, not one stands out over another simply because from our experience, individuals will find that any number of these benefits can aid in the growth and development of the business over time. From having a stable foundation, to access to new markets , to possible Permanent Residency status, it simply depends on what your goals are and what you hope to achieve.

See why so many people chose to incorporate their company in New Zealand.

Safe, stable and secure business environment

New Zealand is recognised globally as being a safe place to invest and do business.

Anti-corruption NGO Transparency International ranked New Zealand second for honesty and integrity in its public sector in 2014. Read more at the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions index.

The Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom ranked New Zealand third in 2015, behind Hong Kong and Singapore.

New Zealand has a strong banking sector that weathered the global economic crisis well. The parents of the four largest banks are Australian-owned and are all in the top 21 of the Global Finance World's Safest Banks index.

Ease of doing business

New Zealand consistently scores well on the World Bank Doing Business rankings for the ease of doing business here. Incorporating a business in New Zealand takes just one day, while registering a property takes only two. The country has a straightforward, business-friendly taxation system that supports capital development, research and development and international investment.

New Zealand was ranked:

• second in the world for ease of doing business (World Bank, 'Doing Business' 2016)

• fourth for attractiveness to foreign investors (Milkin Institute 'Global Opportunity Index' 2015)

Simple tax system

New Zealand has a competitive and low-compliance tax system. It is eighth lowest in the OECD for time taken for taxpayers to comply with tax obligations (World Bank, 'Doing Business 2016' - Paying Taxes).

New Zealand's 2010 / 11 budget reduced its corporate income tax rate from 30 percent to 28 percent. In New Zealand there is:

• no payroll tax

• no social security tax (voluntary KiwiSaver introduced 2007)

• no capital gains tax.

New Zealand has a recoverable Goods and Services (GST) tax (similar to VAT), and tax-deductible business expenses (including research and development) and depreciation.

Efficient, market-oriented economy

New Zealand has a stable and internationally competitive economy (ranked 16th for global competitiveness in the 2015-16 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness index).

A wide range of free trade agreements, pro-competitive regulation, an efficient tax code, an open political system and the absence in almost all sectors of import tariffs or Government subsidies, have given rise to an efficient, globally competitive economy that facilitates both domestic and foreign investment.

State-owned enterprises are structured as corporations and compete on an equal footing with private sector counterparts. A free and independent media ensures transparency in the corporate and Government decision-making processes.

New Zealand boasts sound macroeconomic foundations, including:

• a relatively strong fiscal position and a commitment to reduce net public debt to less than 20 percent of GDP by the early 2020s.

• legislative requirements to maintain public debt at prudent levels

• being among the top 20 rated sovereigns in the world: Standard & Poors gives New Zealand an AA+ local currency rating, an AA foreign currency rating and an AAA T&C assessment

• maintaining a low-inflation environment for more than two decades; independent monetary policy and a focus on price stability; a long-standing floating exchange rate and no exchange controls or restrictions on repatriation of funds.

Free Trade Agreements with other markets

New Zealand's geographic proximity and extensive free-trade agreements (FTA) provide access to key global markets.








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Flexible immigration policies

New Zealand has flexible immigration policies with a range of visa categories in place catering for investors, entrepreneurs and business managers, and active Government support for investment.

Abundant resources

New Zealand has abundant water and arable land, and a temperate climate that supports sustainable food production. There is a stable supply of gas and electricity with up to 75 percent of all electricity generated from renewable hydro, geothermal and wind energy. This is supplemented by natural gas produced from local oil and gas fields, which is both exported and refined in-country to meet some domestic transport needs.

Exploration is encouraged in a transparent and pro-investment climate.


The Reserve Bank of New Zealand supervises New Zealand's banking system; its main function being to implement Government monetary policy and to maintain financial stability. It also registers and supervises other banks.

The Bank's monetary policy, defined by the Policy Target Agreement with the Government, is to maintain inflation at between 1 - 3 percent on average over the medium term.

New Zealand has an open door policy on bank registration. There are several major trading banks and numerous other banking institutions. Many big international banks are represented in New Zealand through agents or sales offices.

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