Legal Guides

We’ve created easy-to-understand guides to help start-ups and small businesses in New Zealand navigate legal issues more easily.



Check here for regular updates on what's topical today in legal issues for SMEs in New Zealand.

Other Resources


There are many resources (some free!), tools and lots of support available to New Zealand business owners. Sometimes it’s hard to find what you need, so we have pulled together some of the best in one place.

The Companies Office is where you can register your company, search and maintain company records.

NZBN is where to get your free business number, from sole traders to big corporations.

PPSR (Personal Property Securities Register) is the place to search and register security interests.

IPONZ grants and registers IP rights in NZ, provides general information about protecting IP. has all the free tools, videos, quizzes and guides from the government on a range of topics relevant to small businesses.

Digital Boost provides free training, information and insights for small Kiwi businesses wanting to become more digital. is great for tools and data to help start and grow a business.

The IRD has information on your tax obligations and how to get tax sorted.

Check out these seminars and workshops on tax related topics for those new to business.

NZ Story has free access to photos, infographics, videos, toolkits and other professional resources you can use to boost your business offshore. You can also download research into what works best in different countries and regions.

ONECheck is a free search to see if your business name, web domain, trade mark and social media usernames are available.

MBIE supports SMEs by delivering and coordinating the government support services for small businesses.

MBIE support for Maori businesses provides tools, support and information to help Maori businesses grow. 

Work and Income can help if you are out of work and want to start your own business but need some support, with options like Flexi-wage for Self-employment.

Xero provides articles, guides and infographics to help small businesses understand accounting.

MYOB has a great range of tools and resources for small businesses.

Callaghan Innovation can help with networks, advice, R&D funding and grants.

Regional Business Partners connects SMEs to the right advice, people and resources.

Business Mentors match experienced business professionals (mentors) with small business owners.

Digital Boost Alliance connects organisations working to improve the use and knowledge of digital technology.

NZTE has events, resources and support to help New Zealand businesses grow internationally. provides resources for kiwi retailers and business owners.

ASB has built a business hub of SME resources. provides guides, tips and tricks for freelancers and contractors.

Afirmo A small business tax tool for sole traders, partnerships and companies.

NZ Entrepreneur NZ's online magazine for entrepreneurs, startups, and SME business builders.

Business, But Better A digital membership and community for mission-led brands led by Brianne West.

Beyond The Hourly Rate Learn the business skills you need to turn your expertise into a profitable business - approved for co-funding with RBP.

LS Virtual Recruits offers a team of remote administrative, technical, and creative assistance to individuals, entrepreneurs, and SMEs.