Company searching and registration in New Zealand

The New Zealand Companies Office (NZCO) is responsible for managing New Zealand's corporate registers.

Searching online

You can search the New Zealand Companies Register website for free information on companies registered to do business in New Zealand.

The types of searches include:

NZ companies

You can search for a company by name. Each search result includes basic details of a company:

  • address
  • directors
  • shareholders
  • document lodgement history

Company directors

You can search for a company director by name. Each search result includes:

  • full name
  • address
  • appointment dates
  • director status - current or former director

Banned directors

You can search for information about disqualified directors. Each search result includes:

  • any former names
  • last known address
  • disqualification period
  • reason for disqualification


You can search for shareholders by both individual or company name. Each search result includes:

  • full name of the shareholder
  • address
  • shareholder status - current or former shareholder
  • number or percentage of shares held

Each search result includes:

  • company name
  • country of incorporation
  • date of registration
  • directors
  • principal place of business in New Zealand

Registered security interests

While searching a company’s details, you have the option of searching the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). This can help you find out about any secured debts a company has. A fee applies to each PPSR search. For more information, visit the NZCO website.

Searching using the NZAUConnect App

The NZAU Connect app is a joint initiative of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) and the New Zealand Companies Office (NZCO). It brings together records from ASIC's companies register, NZCO's companies register, and ASIC's Business Names Register.

Through NZAUConnect, you can use your device to check a business' registration status, registration number and principal place of business. NZAUConnect also allows you to save your most common searches, and share search results by email.

For more information visit NZAU Connect app

NZAUConnect can be downloaded for free from App Store and Google Play.

Registering a New Zealand company

Registering a company in New Zealand can be done entirely online. For more information, visit the NZCO website.

What if I already have a company registered in Australia?

If you have a company registered in Australia, you may qualify to register in New Zealand as an overseas company.

For more information, visit the NZCO website.

More information

For any questions about registering a company in New Zealand, contact the New Zealand Companies Office.

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Last updated: 25/07/2013 12:00