Doing Business in New Zealand
New Zealand has one of the most open and competitive economies in the OECD, making it attractive to overseas investors.

New Zealand’s legal and political systems are based on the British system. We enjoy a stable democracy and progressive governments. The country is widely recognised as being corruption-free.

The New Zealand economy generally enjoys sustainable growth, low inflation, low unemployment, and controlled public debt levels. New Zealand’s major trading partners are Australia, USA, Britain, Japan, Korea and China.

As a market-driven economy, New Zealand is highly geared towards overseas trade. While farming has historically been the country’s most important sector; recent decades have seen significant growth in tourism, manufacturing and the service industries.

An overseas company may carry on business in New Zealand by forming a New Zealand company as a subsidiary, or by registering as a branch. There are different reporting and tax requirements for both options.

Wynn Williams can advise on all aspects of setting up in business and trading in New Zealand.  For property enquiries Jonathan Gillard or David Haigh will be pleased to help with your initial enquiries. For setting up business and trading in New Zealand Hayley Buckley or Charlene Sell will be pleased to assist.

Click here or on the image below to download a full PDF copy of our Investing in New Zealand guide (2.5MB).




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