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Achieving successful business growth in New Zealand often revolves around the establishment of a subsidiary or finding a suitable alternative, such as partnering with an EOR like G-P. Each country’s subsidiary laws and timelines are different, but here is a general overview of what it takes to incorporate and start hiring in New Zealand.

How to set up a New Zealand subsidiary

The New Zealand subsidiary setup process starts with identifying your industry and location. You’ll need to choose the best location for your subsidiary’s physical office space since different cities and regions operate under separate New Zealand subsidiary laws — each with different fees and costs. Consider reaching out to a legal advisor or accountant to help you decide on the best location within New Zealand.

There are different types of subsidiaries in New Zealand, such as a Limited Liability Company, the Co-operative Company, and the Unlimited Company.

Once you determine the best place for your business, the New Zealand subsidiary setup process includes the following steps:

  • Register your company’s name before the Companies Register.
  • File your company’s documents.
  • Lodge director and shareholder consent forms.
  • Register for employment tax and welfare.
  • Obtain a business industry code.
  • Open a bank account.

New Zealand subsidiary laws

New Zealand has an array of subsidiary laws you’ll need to research before officially incorporating. Start by sending shareholder and director details to the Companies Register. Employers are required by law to update this information annually.

Large companies that are 25% or more controlled by non-residents have additional requirements. These organizations must file audited financial statements with the Companies Register within 6 months of their balance date.

Benefits of setting up a New Zealand subsidiary

The most significant benefit of setting up a subsidiary is the ability to operate independently from the parent company. This structure limits the parent company’s liability in case of any losses or litigation. It also allows you to tailor the subsidiary to New Zealand’s overall business culture and management style. There are no minimum capital requirements for most businesses in New Zealand.

Other important considerations

Before expanding into New Zealand, you’ll need to allocate a specific amount of time and resources throughout every step of the subsidiary incorporation process. You may have to travel back and forth to New Zealand or designate an employee to do so. The registration steps often cost a substantial amount of money, and you may need to retain the services of an attorney.

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THIS CONTENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE. You should always consult with and rely on your own legal and/or tax advisor(s). G-P does not provide legal or tax advice. The information is general and not tailored to a specific company or workforce and does not reflect G-P’s product delivery in any given jurisdiction. G-P makes no representations or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information and shall have no liability arising out of or in connection with it, including any loss caused by use of, or reliance on, the information.

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