How to remove a company from the Overseas Register

When you close the New Zealand business of an overseas company

There are 3 steps to closing the New Zealand branch or business of an overseas company, and removing it from the Overseas Register. The process takes at least 3 months.

1. Notify the public

You must give notice if your overseas company is no longer in business in:

  • the New Zealand Gazette
  • at least 1 newspaper in circulation in the area where your business is located.

You don't have to specify a date when the company's New Zealand business will close, but you can't notify us until 3 months after the notice has been published.

New Zealand Gazette — how to submit a notice

2. Notify the Registrar of Companies

After 3 months, you can notify us by completing Form 19. You don't need to provide a copy of your newspaper advertisement.

Send the completed form to us.


3. Removal from the Overseas Register

If you've completed the form correctly, we remove your company from the register.

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