New Zealand Company Information

This guide will help you find New Zealand company information. It has been created to assist with sources for INFO264 Business Analytics

What are you after?

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1) Consider what type of company information you need. You will probably want a range of information, which may include any of the following: 

  • Company profiles
  • News and articles
  • Financial information, including annual reports,and share prices                        
  • Ownership structure
  • Mergers and acquisitions activity
  • Case studies involving companies
  • Historical information
  • Consumer information and market share

2) Then choose your sources using the information below.

  • Information available depends upon the company's status - public or private, large or small, and whether its activities are mentioned in magazines/newspapers.
  • By law, large public companies are required to produce an annual report. In New Zealand, small private companies are harder to research (especially if you're looking for financial information), but the Companies Office is a good place to start.
  • The news media are often the most easily accessible sources of information about a company. Look for media coverage of a company in press releases, and news and feature articles in the magazines, newspapers, periodicals, and journals that cover the industry. 

3) For further help in choosing the best source to use, see these two guides:

Financial sources

Financial results, including those of multinationals operating in New Zealand, must be reported to the Companies Office. Search their website for company names, and view Annual Returns under Documents.

Financial data for private companies can be difficult to find. The best resources to use are media reports from news databases, in particular:

Other sources

Directories

Business directories give brief company profiles, details and contacts

General data sources

Note: Figure.NZ is running a free data desk service on Kelburn campus to help people find and use New Zealand figures. The service is particularly useful for students to help them find information for their assignments.

The data desk is open on Thursdays from 1pm-2pm starting Thursday 26 July and is located by Victoria Info Ihonui, Level 2, The Hub, Kelburn.