Shares in New Zealand’s publicly listed companies are traded on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the NZX
Buying shares in private companies not listed on the NZX can also be an option for investor Visa candidates.
The New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX)
The NZX Market is the major equities board. It lists over 200 companies including many of New Zealand's longest-established businesses and a number from overseas. Collectively these companies are the cornerstone of both the NZX and New Zealand's economy.
The headline index is the NZSX 50 and comprises the 50 largest companies on the NZX Market by market capitalisation.
The NZX operates within a regulatory framework designed to maximise transparency, fairness, efficiency and competitiveness, and promote confidence among all participants. Under NZX rules, all companies are required to disclose information that is material to the value of their shares as soon as the companies become aware of that information.
The share buying process
Investments in the New Zealand Stock Exchange can be made directly through an NZX registered broker. You can find a list of registered brokers on their website.
Many managed funds are listed and traded as Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). Others are offered by fund managers - your legal or financial adviser will be able to help you.
To buy shares in a private, unlisted company, you’ll need to consult a business broker or legal and financial professionals to explore which companies may be open to investment.
New Zealand has a range of security laws regulating how investments are offered to investors, and how advisors should conduct themselves.
The main thrust of these laws is to protect investors by requiring issuers to disclose the information investors need to make informed decisions, and by requiring advisors to put investors' interests first.
These laws are enforced by regulators including the Financial Markets Authority.
Registered banks and finance companies are supervised by the Reserve Bank. The stock exchange is supervised by NZX.
The Financial Markets Authority has a comprehensive help me invest section which covers the processes, risks and safeguards you should consider when buying shares in New Zealand.