Stability & security

If you’re going to dedicate time and resources to an offshore investment, you need confidence that your commitment is going to be secure.

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Financial resilience

New Zealand has a strong banking sector. Prudent regulation ensured it weathered the global economic crisis well.

The parents of our four largest banks are Australian-owned and are all in the Top 30 of the Global Finance World's Safest Banks Index for 2017.

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In a turbulent world, New Zealand stands out as a reassuringly sturdy beacon of economic, political and social stablility. 

  • New Zealand was ranked the world's third most stable country in the Fund for Peace 2016 Fragile States Index.
  • In 2017 we shared number one spot on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index measuring the trustworthiness and good functioning of public institutions like the police and judiciary
  • New Zealand ranks comfortably among the world’s top 10 countries for adherence to the rule of law according to the World Justice Project (WJP) 2017 Rule of Law Index.

We also ranked second on the 2017 Global Peace Index of safest countries to live. You and your family can feel free to come and go in safety, making it easy to enjoy all the sights, adventures and experiences New Zealand has to offer.

Fragile States Index | Fund for Peace

Corruption Perception Index | Transparency International

Rule of Law Index | World Justice Project

Global Peace Index | Vision of Humanity

Political stability

New Zealand is one of the world’s most stable democracies.

We have a parliamentary democracy developed from the British model, with a single-chamber House of Representatives. Queen Elizabeth II is head of state in the role of Queen of New Zealand, represented by a resident Governor-General.

We’ve had a form of proportional representation since 1996 and governments are generally coalitions. However voters’ continued strong preference for the two main political parties has resulted in effective governments which usually run their term and are often re-elected. Four of the last five governments in New Zealand have each lasted nine years.

A diverse and representative Parliament has helped keep public engagement with the political process high. Typically 75-80% of New Zealanders vote in general elections.

New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant women the unconditional right to vote (1893). Kiwis have always been open-minded about ensuring everyone gets a ‘fair go'.

Economic stablity

Political stability and effective governance has translated into the economic sphere. New Zealand has long enjoyed stable economic conditions.

Between 2000 and 2007, our economy expanded by an average of 3.5% each year. The 2008/09 recession was shallow compared to other advanced economies. Since 2010 annual growth has averaged 2.1%. The Government forecasts average growth of over 3% for 2018, and is expected to reach 3.6% in 2019.

Supportive government

New Zealand values the contribution investors and entrepreneurs can make in developing our economy and our Government actively encourages you to get involved here.

It backs business activity with extensive infrastructure investment. As a result, New Zealand offers excellent transport and logistics, well-developed telecommunications, and a high level of energy self-sufficiency.

It all adds up to a well-functioning, low-risk, business environment with everything in place for your investment to achieve strong returns.

Strong institutions 

Our legal system is based on English law. The judiciary is independent and robust. Private property rights are strongly protected, contracts are secure and intellectual property rights are enforced.

The sound legal framework is supported by a free and independent media, ensuring high levels of transparency in government and corporate decision-making.

It’s a low-risk, well-functioning environment for your investment.

New Zealand's legal system | NZ Now

Few barriers, more opportunities

Investors and entrepreneur face relatively few regulations in New Zealand.

Getting money into or out of the country is easy and there are very few restrictions on what you can or can’t invest in. The exceptions include investments involving assets of more than $NZ100 million, ‘sensitive’ land (rural land over five hectares, coastal land or seabed) and fishing assets.

You may even find your investment qualifies for government support - particularly if your initiative will create exports. Certain research and development activities can benefit from incentives and tax credits and the government also actively supports selected growth industries such as our thriving film industry.

If your plans will require extra capital, New Zealand has a well-developed financial sector that can offer a wide range of financing instruments.

The government also sponsors various business networks and public support mechanisms that can help you get started.

Grants & Incentives | Business.govt.nz

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