Company Register 50% open

New Zealand

What data is expected?

List of registered (limited liability) companies. The submissions in this data category do not need to include detailed financial data such as balance sheet, etc. Open data from company registers may be used for many ends: e.g. enabling customers and businesses to see with whom they deal, or to see where a company has registered offices. This definition draws on the work of OpenCorporates.

  • Name of company
  • Company address
  • Unique identifier of the company
  • Register available for entire country

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes The Companies Register is a public register with conditions of use covered by Crown Copyright. Crown copyright © Unless otherwise indicated, the content and design of this website ( is protected by copyright owned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on behalf of the Crown. Unless otherwise indicated (either below or within specific items or collections), Crown copyright material provided on the New Zealand Companies Office website may be reproduced free of charge without further permission, subject to the following conditions: You must reproduce the material accurately, using the most recent version. You must not use the material in a manner that is offensive, deceptive or misleading. You must acknowledge the source and copyright status of the material. Please note that this licence does not apply to the website’s design elements, which may not be re-used without express permission. Some images, videos and logos on this website are also subject to restrictions of use, as they may contain third-party content that does not belong to the Ministry. Additionally, material on this website may not be used in any way that infringes the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981. Please contact us at before re-using any images, videos and/ or logos on this website. The permission to use Crown copyright material does not extend to any material on this site that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Permission to re-use third party copyright material cannot be given by the Ministry, and you will need to contact the copyright holder directly for permission.
In an open and machine-readable format HTML Online results and downloadable searchable PDFs. And historical image files :-(
Downloadable at once No Datasets of up to 200 records can be downloaded. More records are available on request. See
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available No
Available free of charge Yes
findable 3
findable_steps enter search terms in search field
Collected by government Yes
usability 1
collector_name New Zealand Companies Office, part of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Controlled access Yes
characteristics Name of company, Company address, Unique identifier of the company, Register available for entire country
location - New Zealand Companies Register
Progress towards fully open and searchable data is underway.

Your submission is valid. Thank you very much for contributing to the Global Open Data Index. The website is easily found through a Google search for "new zealand company register" which leads to the Companies Office page ( All 4 required characteristics were found online: New Zealand's companies' names, addresses and unique identifiers are included in company extracts which can be viewed online as .HTML files or viewed and downloaded in .PDF form. Annual Returns and Financial Statements are also available in image-based .PDF form. According to user kayakr on the forum, the data are potentially available as JSON via the NZBN API (provided one signs up to the MBIE API Access Agreement and can successfully authenticate). The data are publicly available and can be downloaded for free from the Companies Office website. However, the data are available through a search mask and it is necessary to know the names of an entity in order to find it. For every search only the first 200 results are automatically available and one needs to complete a form to request the remaining results of their search. Data are updated on different dates. For instance, CITIBANK, N.A. (377792) was lastly updated on 01/06/2016 while DEUTSCHE BANK AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (834338) on 19/12/2016 (today's date is 08/02/2017).

Meta data

Data location - New Zealand Companies Register
Data licence
Data format   HTML
Reviewer   Evangelia Kampouri
Submitters   anonymous
Last modified   Sun Jan 22 2017 09:50:45 GMT+0000 (UTC)