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New Zealand provides a unique opportunity where you can develop business whilst enjoying everything New Zealand’s lifestyle has to offer.

Various statistics show that New Zealand is highly preferred for businesses from a small start-up to niche businesses. New Zealand is:

  • 1st of 190 economies for ease of doing business based on time and cost to meet government requirements (Source: IFC World Bank, Doing Business Report, 2020)
  • 1st for ease of starting a business based on time, procedure, and cost (Source: IFC World Bank, Doing Business Report, 2020)
  • 1st in the world (out of 180 countries) for corruption transparency (Source: Transparency International, 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index)
  • 5th in the world for best countries for business friendliness considering trade and monetary freedoms, property rights, innovation, technology, red tape, investor protection, corruption, personal freedom, and tax burden (Source: Forbes Best Countries for Business, 2018)
  • 5th in Asia-Pacific and 12 th in the world out of 144 countries on the Global Opportunity Index which factors in variables such as financial services, business perception and institutional framework (Source: Milken Institute, Global Opportunity Index, 2020)
  • 6th out of 139 nations for business and innovation based on factors like technology availability, demand for innovative products, availability of venture capital and the presence of a skilled labour force (Source: World of Economic Forum, Networked Readiness Index 2016

Not only is New Zealand a great place to do business, but our economy is strong and growing. New Zealand is:

  • 1st out of 149 economies in the world Prosperity Index (Source: Prosperity Index, Legatum Institute, 2016)
  • 3rd out of 186 Economies for economic freedom including prosperity and opportunity due to a strong commitment to open-market policies that facilitate vibrant flows of trade and investment (Source: Index of Economic Freedom, The Heritage Foundation, 2016)
  • 3rd in the world for attracting foreign investment out of 136 countries measured against factors such as ease of starting a business, contract enforcement and positive investment climate (Source: Global Opportunity Index, Beyond FDI: Lessons from Asia, Milken Institute, 2016)
  • 3rd on the Global Creativity Index out of 139 nations which measures a county’s advanced economic growth and sustainable prosperity based on talent, technology, and tolerance (Source: Global Creativity Index, Martin Prosperity Institute, 2015)

Additionally, New Zealand is also a peaceful and beautiful country that prides itself on its’ work-life balance.

We have consistently ranked among the world’s most peaceful and least corrupt countries and ranked second on the 2019 and 2020 Global Peace Index. Peace comes hand-in-hand with our vast landscape as it is easy to find tranquillity and space in New Zealand. In terms of population density, there are only about 16 people for every square kilometer in New Zealand co pared to 253 in the United Kingdom and 337 in Japan.

You can move freely in New Zealand and be at ease knowing you can explore what New Zealand has to offer without fear. We have many open spaces such as beaches, native forests, and mountains which you can enjoy. Nowhere in New Zealand is more than 75 miles (120km) from the ocean!

Both business and lifestyle are great here in New Zealand and you will be happy to know they coexist well together. New Zealand was rated sixth in the world for work-life balance in HSBC’s 2017 Expat Explorer Survey. Quality of life is also high here, with more than three-quarters (77%) of migrants to New Zealand saying their overall quality of life is better than at home (HSBC 2015 Expat Explorer Survey).

The Investor Migrant Research undertaken by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment summarises the top ten reasons given by investor migrants for immigration to New Zealand as:

  • Climate
  • Lifestyle
  • Policy provides residence
  • Political stability
  • Policy requirements
  • Personal/family safety and security
  • English speaking country
  • Transparent policy options
  • Investment options are easy to understand
  • Landscape

If you are interested in doing business in New Zealand and enjoying our lifestyle at the same time, there are several options for you. Options include the entrepreneur work visa which leads to residency, the Investor categories which are split into Investor Plus Visa (Investor 1) and Investor Visa (Investor 2) which both allow you to live, work and study in New Zealand (you can also include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under). Each option has different policy requirements, and one may suit you better than the rest.

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