To incorporate a New Zealand company the following is required for the Companies Office:
The main form of business entity in New Zealand: Private Limited Liability - Is the most simple and proven to be the most popular and the most successful form of business structure. It offers limited liability to its shareholders and is limited by share that cannot be publicly traded.
A company name, once approved by the Companies Office is reserved for two months, in which time if the company is not incorporated the name is no longer reserved and can be requested by another person.
We check that your company name is acceptable and is not already incorporated with the Companies Office, certain company names are prohibited, such as names suggesting patronage or royal connections.
There is no minimum capital requirements for a company in New Zealand.
Only one shareholder is required for a company in New Zealand, with a maximum of fifty and no restriction placed upon nationality or residency.
It is only necessary to have one director, who may be of any nationality and residency. Only individuals are allowed and not corporate bodies.
The address' must be a physical address in New Zealand - not a post office box or DX address.
Once incorporated we provide a set of corporate documents for your New Zealand company which, includes the Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association the Articles of Association and share certificates. Copies of the company incorporation documents are sent via email and the originals from the companies registry are sent to you in a corporate folder.
Every company in New Zealand is required to hold an annual meeting of shareholders once every calendar year. Annual meetings may be held anywhere and annual meetings can be avoided if all matters are done by resolution in writing. Companies may be exempt from the obligation to hold an annual general meeting if the shareholders vote in favour of this, and if all matters can be done by resolution in writing.