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Starting a business in New Zealand

Legal Forms of Companies

Sole Trader or Proprietorship
Number of partners: One natural person
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required
Shareholders and liability: Liability is unlimited
Limited Liability Company
Number of partners: Minimum 2. No limit. Under the Companies Act 1993, there must be one or more shareholders and directors (who can be the same person).
Capital (max/min): NZD 1
Shareholders and liability: Limited to the amount of share capital subscribed  
Trust
Number of partners: Minimum: 1 trustee
Capital (max/min): NZD 1
Shareholders and liability: Trust property
Limited Liability Partnership
Number of partners: Minimum: 2 with (one general, one limited); no maximum.
Capital (max/min): No minimum capital required
Shareholders and liability: Limited partners only liable to the extent of their contribution to the partnership. Joint and several liability for general partners.
 

Business Directories

Financial Information Directories
Companies-Register - New Zealand Companies Office Register
Dun & Bradstreet - Worldwide directory with financial information on businesses

To go further, check out our service Business directories.


 

Professional Associations

General Professional Associations
Business NZ - New Zealand Employers Federation and New Zealand Manufacturers Federation
EMA - Employers' and Manufacturers' Association

To go further, check out our service Professional associations.


 

Business Setup Procedures

Setting Up a Company New Zealand OECD
Procedures (number) 1.0 5.2
Time (days) 0.5 9.5

Source: Doing Business - Latest available data.

 
The Competent Organisation
The administrative formalities must be carried out at the New Zealand Companies office.
For Further Information
Consult Doing Business Website, to know about procedures to start a Business in New Zealand.
Companies Office

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