Business Basics

Get up to speed on all things business with our list of useful resources.

Legal has loads of information for people interested in starting a business, such as: business plan templates, business structures, business names (use ONECheck to see if it is available), registrations, taxes, licences, consents and permits and recruiting staff.

Companies Office

Part of, the Companies Office is where you go when you are ready to register your business name.

Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)

If you employ staff, you are responsible for providing your employees with a safe workplace and ACC cover for work-related injuries. Check out the ACC website to find out what they offer, how levies work and how you can apply for discounts.

Exporting - NZ Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)

NZTE is the Government's international business development agency. Their purpose is to help NZ businesses grow bigger, better, faster in international markets. They have a local Dunedin office.

Visas for International Students - Immigration NZ

If you are an international student who has completed a qualification in NZ, but you do not have a job offer, you may be eligible for a Post-study work visa - open for a maximum of 12 months. This could allow you some time to remain in the country and continue working on your business.

RealMe Login

RealMe is free for consumers and can be used in two ways: to prove who you are when you’re online, and to log into lots of New Zealand sites and services. You may need to get a few registrations from government agencies and several use a RealMe login.

Statistics NZ

Statistics NZ can help you identify target markets or investigate an industry.

Trade Marks - Intellectual Property Office NZ (IPONZ)

Get an initial assessment report from IPONZ before you invest in applying for a trademark.

Domain Name Registration

Lock in your preferred web address via an authorised registrar.

Local Government Regulations - Dunedin City Council (DCC)

There are a number of DCC rules and regulations that might apply to your business, including building consent, registered premises, commercial food premises, food safety training, liquor licensing and trade waste discharges.

Laws & Regulations

Specific regulations might apply in your industry or region, for example fair trading, consumer guarantees, privacy, health and safety, food licensing. 


Tax - Inland Revenue Department (IRD)

IRD Dunedin offers a number of free seminars for those interested in starting a business, including online services, business structures, income tax,expenses you can claim and GST. Register for GST via the IRD website.

Work and Income NZ (WINZ)

Once you have graduated you may qualify for some support from WINZ to start your own business via three different payments:

  • Business Training and Advice Grant
  • Flexi-wage self-employment subsidy
  • Self-employment Start-up payment.

Business Banking & Workshops - ANZ

As well as looking after your business banking requirements, ANZ offers a range of business workshops throughout the year. Check out all the details on the ANZ BizHub.

Other Considerations

Other things you may want to consider include opening a business bank account, looking into business insurance, finding a mentor, and setting up a system for your accounts.