Why do business or invest in New Zealand?

There are a lot of good reasons for business owners and investors to choose New Zealand.

New Zealand is open for business

New Zealand welcomes migrants who bring their business experience.  
The commitment to economic freedom has resulted in impressive economic resilience.
Openness to global trade and investment are firmly institutionalised, and the economy rebounded quickly from the global recession.
A long term drive for diversification means that New Zealand’s economy has flourishing agricultural and manufacturing sectors, the thriving tourism industry and a strong renewable energy resource base.

A unique investment opportunity

New Zealand’s thriving and stable economy and political system, creativity and innovation, ease of doing business and unmatched quality of life make it an attractive place to invest.

Our reputation and global index ranking provide a unique opportunity to enjoy New Zealand’s exceptional lifestyle while developing business.
Our reputation and global index ranking provide a unique opportunity to enjoy
New Zealand’s exceptional lifestyle while developing business
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Why do investors migrate to New Zealand?

Although our country is innovative and progressive in its high standards for business and global ranking, it is the climate, lifestyle and culture that are key for investors to choose New Zealand as their new home.

For most investor migrants the state of their home country (economy, environment, policy and politics), coupled with the fear that circumstances might worsen, are strong motives to leave.

New Zealand's draw cards are its famous lifestyle (relaxed pace, environment, friendly people and strong education system), prior visits and family or friends.

Only a small number of investor migrants have migrated to New Zealand for the sole purpose of investing their funds.

The top 10 reasons named by investor migrants for immigrating to New Zealand:

  • Climate
  • Lifestyle
  • Policy Provides Residence
  • Political Stability
  • Policy Requirements
  • Personal/Family Safety and Security
  • English Speaking Country
  • Transparent Policy Options
  • Investment Options Easy to Understand
  • Landscape

Source: Investor Migrant Research, undertaken by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.

New Zealand has an Investment Attraction Strategy

The goal of this strategy is to attract high quality investment to accelerate growth throughout the whole of New Zealand. Traditionally most investor migrants place their funds into passive investments as part of their visa application.

Making prudent investment decisions is important to investor migrants, and because they know little about investing in New Zealand, they perceive passive as the most expedient and safest investment to base an application on.

Strategists at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment have identified considerable untapped intellectual and financial potential for contributions from investor migrants to New Zealand's economy.

They have developed the Investment Attraction Strategy to encourage more diverse investment portfolios.

Priorities will be given to attracting investment that:

  • Enhances New Zealand's access to export markets;
  • Creates more highly-skilled jobs in fields of science and technology;
  • Brings new value-adding technologies, processes and know-how;
  • Improves economic infrastructure;
  • Strengthens New Zealand`s capabilities in research, development and innovation;
  • Are in managed funds that provide capital to earlier stage New Zealand companies.

The strategy is aiming to achieve this by:

  • Delivering a program of investment showcases to promote investment opportunities in priority sectors;
  • Market specific investment opportunities to prospective investors in priority markets;
  • Delivering a comprehensive package of investor facilitation services;
  • Providing more visible investment opportunities;
  • Developing a comprehensive support package available for investors;
  • Engaging with the research community to develop a pipeline of investment opportunities;
  • Developing a program to introduce migrant investors into local business and investor networks;
  • Reviewing relevant migrant visa categories to enhance their attractiveness to high-quality applicants.

Offshore markets that are particular targets for this strategy are the US, UK and Europe, Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.  

Investors agree that New Zealand is a great place to be.

The following video from New Zealand Story shows investors talking about some of the unique benefits to business in New Zealand.

Our Investor and Business Migration Webinars

To find out more about migrating to New Zealand as investor we recommend that you join our Investor and Business Migration Webinar.

Business and Investor Webinar +

Our Senior Immigration Adviser Dr. Carsten Hallwass will cover Business and Investor Migration visas and answer business migration related questions.

What does it cover?

The purpose of our webinar is to give all those who are interested in finding out whether they might be able to immigrate to New Zealand as investor, business owner or retiree, a concise overview over New Zealand's various investor and business migration programs. Most of these policies are pathways to permanent residence in New Zealand.
You will meet with Dr. Carsten Hallwass, principal immigration adviser at New Zealand Immigration Concepts, who has many years of experience in advising Business and Investor migrants to New Zealand.
The details of these policies will be explained in our webinar and you are invited to ask Dr. Hallwass any questions relating to your immigration strategy.

Ask Dr. Hallwass whether you qualify for a visa that will allow you to live in New Zealand:
Complete our Free Assessment form and mention your interest in attending our Investor and Business Migration Webinar.

If we assess your chances of migrating to New Zealand as realistically good, we will invite you to join our webinar.

Case study: the posthouse

The Posthouse

The Posthouse Ltd, the company that digitally graded the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and its founder and director Jürgen Kantenwein were in charge of the technical and creative implementation of digital lighting and colour aspects in particular the digital intermediate colour grading (DI).

Our brief was to arrange for the visas to enable their group of highly skilled specialists to work in their studios in Wellington during the entire production phase of the movie trilogy.

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Dr. Hallwass handled our application to immigrate professionally, giving us a clear picture of what was required, updating us along the way and providing excellent follow up service on our arrival in New Zealand. We are delighted with his professionalism and thoroughness. He comes highly recommended.

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Anna was worth her weight in gold---she was fantastic at helping me format my CV and search for jobs that suited my skill set.  In the end, I got a great job in a great city.  Carsten and his team were very thorough and helpful when it came time to apply for and get our visas. They are now helping us with our resident visas, and I'm certain that the process will be the same. I'd recommend them highly.

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