Companies listed with the New Zealand Companies Office will be assigned a New Zealand Business Number (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 number.

This is the first step towards applying the NZBN to all businesses in New Zealand, and creating a single searchable public register of businesses.

Plans are underway to extend the NZBN to other registered entities managed by the Companies Office by the end of 2014.

Further details are available here.