Setting up a Company in NZ
To set up a company in New Zealand you will first need to do your due diligence, such as checking that the trading name is not already registered as a trademark or company name.
You can do a search online which can be helpful by using a website called ONECheck run by business.govt.nz. This lets you check if you can use a name for a business or brand and is a good starting point.
You can then apply through the New Zealand Companies Office to reserve or register a name you would like to use. The prices for company registration are available on the company office website.
You should also check to see if the domain name is available that you would like to use. You can also check other extensions to see if anyone is using the same name. You can do a domain name search through Domain-Names.nz
It is also good to talk to a lawyer and accountant regarding your business structure, brand names and products. There can be legalities regarding food businesses or operating from your location, which you can also check with your local council.
It also pays to write out your budget and steps to achieve your goals (such as a business plan). Plus, it is important these days to have an online presence. Find a local New Zealand website developer that can build a responsive / mobile friendly website for your business, such as Kiwi Web Design Ltd.
You will also need an Ird number if you operate as a company or partnership and you can also check with Ird if you need to register for GST.
Article written by Katie Humphrey
Founder of RealEstate4Sale.nz
Qualified National Certificate in Real Estate Salesperson (level 4)
Owner of Berryman Media which operates over 30 online advertising platforms for a wide range of industries.