Doing business in New Zealand: a guide for investors and migrants

7 Nov 2018

New Zealand has a stable democratic political system, with strong legal and judicial institutions, a resilient economy and an abundance of natural resources. Couple this with a stable, transparent and open-market economy, free floating currency and very few limitations on where and how overseas parties can invest, and New Zealand provides great opportunities for overseas investment.

Internationally, New Zealand is consistently recognised as having a stable and businessfriendly environment. New Zealand topped the World Bank Doing Business Report in 2018 for ease of doing business and starting a business, placed second in the Forbes’ Best Country for Business List in 2018, and led Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index as the least corrupt country in the world.

New Zealand is taking advantage of its international reputation with a strong and growing network of international trading partners, having successfully concluded free trade agreements with 16 WTO members. Over 30 global and regional shipping lines visit our deep-water ports, and over 20 major international airlines serve international airports in seven urban centres around the country.

New Zealand’s economic success has traditionally been based on its agricultural products which still account for around half the country’s total exports. Other key export industries include horticulture, fishing, forestry and mining. New Zealand’s major export partners include Australia, China, USA, the United Kingdom and Japan.

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