Company Registration Services

We can assist you to incorporate a company in New Zealand . We will help you choose the right New Zealand business entity for your needs, and assist with the entire formation process. Your company will be brand new & formed with your details.

New Zealand regulations do not place any restrictions on local or overseas companies being Shareholders in a New Zealand company.  Also there is no requirement for the Directors or Shareholders of a new New Zealand company to be in the country in order to complete the company registration process.  The Directors and Shareholders will be required to sign consent forms, and the originals will need to be submitted to the Companies Office.

During the New Zealand company registration process we will act on your behalf and supervise your application and make all the submissions to the New Zealand Companies Office, and will relay all necessary information back to you.

Ensure that you already have all of the following information and documents:

  • The proposed name for the new New Zealand company 
  • The full name and residential address(es) of the director(s). New Zealand companies cannot have 'corporate' Directors & they must be natural persons
  • Verified copy of the passport of the Director(s) 
  • Verified utility bill as Proof of Residency for the director(s) 
  • Full legal name of Shareholder(s) 
  • Verified copy of the passport of the Shareholder(s) 
  • Verified utility bill as Proof of Residency for the Shareholder(s) 
  • Verified copies of the incorporation documents of any corporate Shareholder(s)
  • Verified proof of business address of any corporate Shareholder(s) 
  • The amount of share capital (there are no minimal or maximum amounts)
  • Number of shares which will be issued
  • Registered Address in New Zealand
  • Address for Service In New Zealand


How many Directors and Shareholders must a New Zealand Company have?
Part 2 Section 10 of the New Zealand Companies Act 1993 specifies that a New Zealand company must have at least 1 Shareholder and 1 Director.
The Act does not set out a maximum number of Shareholders or Directors.   The only restriction that may be placed on a New Zealand company, is the shareholder limit placed on Look Through Companies, which may have a maximum of five shareholders.

How do we obtain a Certificate of Incorporation for our New Zealand Company?
Certificates of Incorporation can be obtained for every New Zealand Company & digital copies of the Certificate of Incorporation can be obtained from the Companies Register. In order for the Certificate of Incorporation to be recognized as a genuine True Copy while outside of New Zealand, it will need to be affixed with an apostille. We can arrange for the a Certificate of Incorporation to be affixed with an apostille in New Zealand.

What can a New Zealand company be named?
New Zealand companies are required to have unique names which end with “LIMITED” or “TAPUI (LIMITED)”. In order to be approved by the Companies Office, the name of the proposed company must also:

  • Not be regarded as being offensive (be obscene, contrary to public policy, or be likely to offend community or religion)
  • Not be identical, or nearly identical, to the name of an already registered company
  • Not contain any restricted words, protected by the Name Protection Act 1981 or any other New Zealand legislation


What business may a New Zealand company carry out?
New Zealand regulations do not restrict what activities a New Zealand company engages in, as long as its actions are compliant with the laws of New Zealand and the all the laws of the jurisdictions where it operates.


Who can be a Director in a New Zealand company?
Current regulations in New Zealand specify that a New Zealand company must have at least one director. The Director maybe be a New Zealand resident or a non-resident, and they must:

  • Be at least 18 years old, and
  • Not be bankrupt, and
  • Not be prohibited in New Zealand or overseas from being a Director of a company, and
  • Not be restricted by any New Zealand laws from being a Director of a New Zealand company.

 

Company Address Requirements
Every New Zealand Company is required to maintain a Registered Office & Address for Service at which the New Zealand company maintains a full set of its corporate documents. Under Part 10 Section 189 of the Companies Act 1993, all companies must keep the following documents at the Registered Office:

  • the constitution of the company
  • minutes from all meetings of the shareholders and any resolutions of the shareholders
  • minutes from all meetings of the directors and any resolutions of the directors and directors’ committees within the last 7 years
  • certificates given by directors within the last 7 years
  • the full names and addresses of the current directors
  • copies of all written communications to all shareholders during the last 7 years
  • all annual reports to the shareholders
  • copies of all financial statements and group financial statements for the last 7 completed accounting periods of the company
  • the accounting records for the current accounting period and for the last 7 completed accounting periods of the company
  • an interests register
  • the share register

The Address for Service of the company is the location at which the entity can be served with legal notices or documents. Part 10 Section 192 of the Companies Act 1993 sets out that the Address for Service of a company may be the entity’s Registered Address or the offices of the company’s lawyers, solicitors, accountants, etc. The Act also sets out the Address of Service for the company must not be a postal service address, or a document exchange, or any other similar service.

The company may wish for all communication from the Companies Office to be directed to an address other than the Registered Office. Unlike all other specified addresses, the Address for Communication may be a non-physical address, such as a postal box or a mail service.

What is the corporate tax rate for a New Zealand company?
The corporate income tax rate in New Zealand is set at 28 percent for all incomes earned in the 2012 fiscal year and after.  In some circumstances the corporate tax rate may not apply to the profits raised by New Zealand entities doing business overseas.

Can we obtain a Company Extract for the New Zealand Company?
Company Extracts can be obtained for every New Zealand Company.  Copies of the Company Extract can be downloaded online at the Register of New Zealand companies.  If the Company Extract for the New Zealand company is being used outside of New Zealand it is required for the document to be affixed with an apostille, so it will be recognized as a True Copy of the document.  We can arrange for your documents to be affixed with an apostille for use outside of New Zealand.