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Our Australian associates ASIC have recently released their new online service ASIC Connect, take a look here -
Home; For companies. Overview · Starting · Running · Closing · Change details · Payments and fees · Compliance · Financial reporting · Raising funds · Takeovers · Insolvency · Deregistered companies ·...
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We held our web services advisory panel for input into our work program yesterday. It was successful with plenty of ideas, next step is prioritising our development program. Thoughts from others are also always appreciated -
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Have you had your say on this yet? Do you think it will make your business life easier?
Have you say on the proposed Single Business Number for businesses in New Zealand:
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Commerce Minister Craig Foss has welcomed the 10-year anniversary of the Personal Property Securities Register - - The official website of the New Zealand Government
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The PPSR marks its 10 year anniversary today. Read more about the PPSR and three of the ways it could help your business here -
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Our Office (including our Christchurch based contact centre) will be observing 2 minutes silence from 12:51pm. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
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A limited liability company must file an annual return with the Companies Office as required by the Companies Act 1993 and it is an offence not to comply with this.
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The offical Google+ homepage for the New Zealand Companies Office.
The New Zealand Companies Office is the place to search the Companies Register, along with a number of other relevant business and charitable organisation registers.

You can also do the following through our website:

Using the search the register option you can find details of entities (New Zealand companies or overseas companies registered in New Zealand), directors (including disqualified directors), and shareholders.

Your account
If you only want to search the registers (for example, to search for companies or other entities) you don't need a logon. For all other online services you must register as a user of the website and log on.

Companies - an introduction
If you are getting started in business there is plenty to learn. This range of resources is designed to provide some insight into companies - including directors, shareholders, addresses, name protection.

Starting a company
Starting a company online (incorporating) is as simple as reserving your company name, completing the incorporation application and returning your signed consent forms. Here we will take you through how to incorporate or register a new company.

Reserving a company name
The Registrar of Companies is responsible for the reservation of company names. This is the first step to incorporating your company with the Companies Office. If you wish to change the name of your company, you also need to apply to reserve the new company name.

Company Authority
Company Authority is the name given to the authority management system for users who want to maintain company information on the companies register.

Updating company details
Use the online service to keep your company details up to date. In addition, update company information including director, shareholder and address details 24/7.

Filing an annual return
A limited liability company must file an annual return with the Companies Office as required by the Companies Act 1993 and it is an offence not to comply with this.

Receiverships, liquidations and voluntary administrations
Using the Online Voluntary Administration, Receivership and Liquidation service will simplify and speed up document filing and assist you with managing your statutory obligations as an Administrator, Receiver or Liquidator.

Removals and restorations
You may need to close your company when it ceases to trade. Similarly if it is becoming increasingly difficult for your company to pay its debts as they fall due, you may need to take steps to avoid the company getting into further financial difficulty. It is also possible to restore some companies to the New Zealand Companies Register that have been removed

Other entities
In addition to operating the Register of Companies, the Companies Office maintains a number of registers holding details for a range of other entities.

Insurance & ratings
In New Zealand insurers (other than certain exempt insurers) to must obtain a rating from an approved rating agency, register that rating with the Registrar of Companies, and disclose the rating before entering into or renewing a contract of insurance.

Ranked number one for ease of Starting a Business
The Companies Office has secured New Zealand’s position as the number one ranked country for ease of Starting a Business in 2010 & 2011, according to the World Bank Doing Business rankings.

Most helpful government agency 2003-2008 -
For six years running the Companies Office has been rated the most helpful government agency in an annual Compliance Cost survey conducted by Business New Zealand and KPMG.

- No.1 Website Hitwise 2006 - For the year ended 2006, the Companies Office website was also ranked number 1 by visits in the Business and Finance - Business Information category against other New Zealand websites.

- 1999 Winner of KPMG Central Government Award for Online Innovation

- 1999 Winner of KPMG Supreme Award for Public Sector Innovation

- 1999 Certificate of Merit in Commonwealth Association of Public Administrators International Awards Programme