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We shall discuss in detail how to register a company in New Zealand as foreign shareholders? New Zealand is a county consisting of 2 main islands, the North and South Islands. There a many other smaller islands that make up this country. It was made popular by director Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy, ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Located in the South Pacific Ocean southeast of Australia, the country is a natural beauty that has rugged mountains, rolling pasture land, pristine lakes filled with trout, and raging rivers. The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
The population of New Zealand is rather low at 4.7 million people only in 2016. It was also jokingly said that there were more sheep in the country than people. In actual fact, there are more sheep than people. According to New Zealand’s (NZ) agricultural production statistics, the number of sheep was 29.5 million in 2015. This number actually dropped drastically from a high of 70.3 million sheep in 1982. Interestingly the number of cattle is also on the rise with NZ having 10 million cattle in 2015 with 6.4 million bred for dairy while 3.6 million is bred for the meat. This has led dairy farming to contribute NZD7.8 billion or 3.5% to NZ’s GDP. The economy of NZ depends on exports of food products, wool, and tourism.
Types of companies in New Zealand
If you are planning to start a company in NZ, you must know what choices on the types of companies and how to register a company in New Zealand that is available. Some of them are –
|There must be a minimum 1 director
|There must be at least 1 shareholder
|There is no minimum share capital required upon incorporation
|There must be a NZ address as its registered office
|The constitution of the company is not required
The process to registering a limited liability company in New Zealand is really easy. This has allowed it to be honored with the number 1 ranking in the Ease of Doing Business report by the World Bank. The following is the process.
The agency that does the registration of companies in the New Zealand Companies Office (NZCO). The applicant must first reserve a company name and this can also be done online. The company name must be distinctive and can be reserved for up to 20 working days. For a company to be incorporated the applicant must have a reserved name with the Registrar of Companies, together with at least 1 share, 1 shareholder, 1 director, a registered office, and an address for service. The applicant will need to pay NZD10.22 for the name reservation.
The applicant must then fill up the necessary forms. This can also be done online. After the application has been processed, the applicant will receive an email with the director and shareholder consent forms. The applicant must then get the forms signed and faxed back to the NZCO office within 20 days failing which the application will expire. The certificate of incorporation will be issued within minutes after the last consent form has been sent.
Investors have to obtain income tax and GST license or certificate as completion of the company registration procedure in New Zealand. The documents needed to do so are –
|Date of the company started employing
|The number of employees and contractors.
For the IRD number, the applicant must also provide –
|All of the directors IRD number
|Main business activity
|Place of business and postal address
|Trading name of the company if it differs from the company name
|Company contact details
For the GST number –
|GST accounting method
|Frequency of filing returns
|Business Activity Code
|Details of how the refunds will be paid
This whole process takes less than a day and the fees for the incorporation of the company are NZD150 and this is how to register a company in New Zealand.