Financial Markets Authority

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) plays a critical role in regulating capital markets and financial services in New Zealand.

The FMA is the New Zealand government agency responsible for enforcing securities, financial reporting and company law as they apply to financial services and securities markets. The FMA also regulates securities exchanges, financial advisers and brokers, auditors, trustees and issuers - including issuers of KiwiSaver and superannuation schemes. The FMA jointly oversees designated settlement systems in New Zealand, with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ).


Inland Revenue Department

The Inland Revenue has a handy guide for setting up a business in New Zealand with specific focus on business taxation and obligations on employers. 

Inland Revenue plays a critical role in improving the economic and social wellbeing of New Zealanders. Inland Revenue collects 80% of the Crown's revenue as well as collecting and disbursing social support programme payments and providing the government with policy advice.

Inland Revenue administers a number of Acts and Regulations which are all listed on the New Zealand Legislation website at

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The Reserve Bank manages monetary policy to maintain price stability, promotes the maintenance of a sound and efficient financial system, and supplies New Zealand banknotes and coins.

The Reserve Bank regulates banks, insurers and non-deposit takers (including finance companies that take deposits from the public, building societies and credit unions), for the purpose of promoting the maintenance of a sound and efficient financial system. The Bank is also one of three supervisors tasked with ensuring firms meet obligations designed to help deter and detect money laundering and terrorist financing (known as anti-money laundering, or AML)


Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand

IPONZ grants and registers intellectual property (IP) rights in New Zealand. Services help you protect your innovations so that you get the full economic benefit of your intellectual property. Some operational function of the IPONZ also include processing and examining patent, trade mark, design, plant variety right and geographical indication applications, implementing international agreements, conducting dispute hearings about intellectual property registrations/ eligibility, contributing to intellectual property rights policy development, and acting as a receiving officer for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the government’s lead business-facing agency. Our purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to help businesses to be more competitive, improving job opportunities for all and by ensuring good quality housing is more affordable. MBIE was formed in July 2012 by bringing together the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Science and Innovation, Department of Labour and Department of Building and Housing.


Commerce Commission New Zealand

The Commerce Commission is New Zealand's primary competition regulatory agency. It enforces legislation that promotes competition in New Zealand markets and prohibits misleading and deceptive conduct by traders. The Commission also enforces a number of pieces of legislation that, through regulation, aim to provide the benefits of competition in markets where effective competition does not exist. This includes the telecommunications, dairy, electricity, gas pipelines and airport sectors.

The Commission is an independent Crown entity established under section 8 of the Commerce Act 1986.