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Doing business in New Zealand

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in New Zealand.

Useful links

Ease of doing business in New Zealand
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

New Zealand company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Business New Zealand
Website developed by the New Zealand Government's national economic development agency, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), which showcases New Zealand's business capabilities. The website includes information on investing in New Zealand, buying products and services from New Zealand and details of NZTE offices outside New Zealand.


Exporting to New Zealand
Regularly updated guide produced by UK Trade and Investment for companies looking to do business in this country. Sections include:

  • challenges
  • growth potential
  • opportunities
  • start-up considerations
  • legal considerations
  • tax and customs considerations
  • entry requirements.

Overseas Business Risk - Australia
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. Includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism threat, organised crime and intellectual property.

Doing business in New Zealand
A guide to the business environment in New Zealand produced by Simpson Grierson, one of the largest commercial law firms in New Zealand. The guide has a particular focus on legal and regulatory matters, covering topics such as business structure, trade practices, overseas investment regime and employee relations. Published on 1 December 2012.

Beyond borders: A New Zealand tax guide for internationally mobile people and business
A guide from KPMG which includes a chapter on establishing a new business in New Zealand.

Focus on: New Zealand
Grant Thornton report looking at economic and business trends, including the status of employment, profitability and revenue expectations, constraints and lender support in the region. Published in August 2012 as part of the International Business Report Economy Focus series.

Doing Business Guide: New Zealand
Booklet produced by accountancy firm Hayes Knight. The guide gives an overview of background information relevant to starting a business, including:

  • banking and finance
  • institutions providing assistance to enterprises
  • legal structures of business organisations
  • taxation system in Mauritius
  • immovable properties.

Global Trader Guide to Commonwealth Markets
Export guide published by the British Chambers of Commerce featuring country profiles, overviews of key industry sectors and regional trends.

Doing Business In
Booklets from HLB International giving general information on doing business in other countries.

Doing Business in New Zealand
Guide from PKF International which provides an overview of the country, types of business entities, accounting, taxation and other useful information.

Import and export

Market Access Database
Useful guidance covering this region compiled by the European Commission aimed at EU countries exporting to the rest of the world. The Exporter's Guide to Import Formalities lists relevant import procedures, documents and requirements by product code and country or customs area.

Law and regulation

Doing Business Law Library: New Zealand
Links to business laws and regulations collated by the World Bank. Topics include:

  • banking and credit laws
  • bankruptcy and collateral laws
  • commercial and company laws
  • labour laws
  • land and building laws
  • securities laws
  • tax laws
  • trade laws.

The float guide: How to float a company on the New Zealand Securities Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association in 2012 describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

Forums and support networks

Australia/New Zealand Chamber of Commerce
A forum for business people to network and encourage best practice, trade and investment between Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand Chambers of Commerce
Network for businesses across the region.

Embassies and consulates


Buy books from Amazon on doing business in New Zealand

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in New Zealand
Analysis of the business environment in New Zealand, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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