New Zealand resident director

When incorporating a company in New Zealand, our foreign Clients will be required to appoint a resident director in New Zealand. Healy Consultants will assist our Clients in fulfilling this statutory obligation. Kindly refer to these important considerations:
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Important considerations

  • Under the New Zealand Companies Act 1993, all companies must have at least 1 director who is ordinarily resident in the country. However, the shareholders can be of any nationality, ensuring full 100% foreign ownership;
  • In order to be considered a resident director our Clients must either i) live in New Zealand or ii) live in Australia and be a director for a company registered in the country. The Registrar of Companies interprets “live in New Zealand” as a person who is present in the country for more than 6 months during a 12 month-period;
  • There is no limit on the number of directors that a company can appoint. Please note that New Zealand does not permit corporate directorship. Also, the company will be required to publicly register the particulars of their directors and shareholders;
  • Should our Clients have difficulties finding a resident director of their own, Healy Consultants will offer our nominee director service to fulfill this statutory obligation. Please note that the nominee will be a director of the company in name only and will not have other business responsibilities;
  • Appointing Healy Consultants nominee as the resident director will increase the likelihood of corporate bank account approval and employment visa approval;
  • Lastly, Healy Consultants believes that it will easier for our Client to deal with the Government tax authorities with a resident director.


  • Healy Consultants’ New Zealand individual resident director fees amount to US$8,200 per annum in unregulated industries. For financial service provider (FSP) companies and other business entities involved in regulated industries, our standard fees are US$13,200 but may be tailored according to the complexity of our Clients’ operations and our assessment of the legal risk to the nominee.

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For additional information on our resident director services in New Zealand, please contact our in-house country expert, Mr. Simon Guidecoq, directly:
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