The 550,000 New Zealand companies registered with the Companies
Office will soon be assigned a New Zealand Business Number
(NZBN), with the intention being that all
businesses have an NZBN by December this year.
Companies will be able to use their NZBN to interact with the
Companies Office along with their current Companies Office
The NZBN will also enable government agencies and other
organisations to provide more integrated and targeted services,
reducing the number of times businesses have to provide the same
information, saving time and money
In time, the plan is to apply an NZBN to all businesses in New
Zealand, and create a single searchable public register of
businesses. The aim is to achieve this by the end of 2014.
Further information is available from the MBIE website