All companies on the Companies Register have now been assigned a New Zealand Business Number (NZBN).

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

Initially, the introduction of a NZBN will have a limited impact for companies, however, it is intended that the introduction will mean that in the future companies spend less time and effort on government forms and correspondence and more time and effort on business.

Further details are available here.