Business Landscape

Christchurch is one of the easiest places in the world to do business.  New Zealand ranks highly across a range of global surveys measuring the ease of doing business, the level of honesty and integrity, the level of economic freedom and the simplicity of our tax system.  It is a great place to start a business or relocate a business to.

New Zealand has free trade agreements with many key partners, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, and its passport holders face few visas and restrictions.  Christchurch, with its international air and sea ports, and being New Zealand’s second largest city, has a diverse range of businesses, well-established business networks, and a mature business services sector represented by global companies and smaller locally-owned businesses.

Investor and entrepreneur visas:
Specialist visas are available for entrepreneurs and investors to contribute to our diverse economy.  In May 2018 New Zealand launched the “Global Impact Visa”, targeting pioneering entrepreneurs and investors wanting to create and support innovation-based ventures and start-up teams from New Zealand.

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