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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.

Key data

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.

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.


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.

Exporting to New Zealand
Regularly updated guide produced by UK Trade and Investment for companies looking to do business in this country. Sections deal with the challenges, growth potential, opportunities, start-up considerations, legal considerations, tax and customs considerations, and entry requirements.

Overseas Business Risk - New Zealand
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 in September 2019.

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. Published in February 2018.

Corporate governance

Handbook – Corporate Governance in New Zealand – Principles and Guidelines
Guidance published by the Securities Commission (now known as the Financial Markets Authority) in February 2004 as a reference for directors, executives and advisers.

European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on the New Zealand Securities Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association 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, and product liability.

Forums and support networks

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

Embassies and consulates

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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