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New Zealand consistently ranks as one of the world’s most competitive business locations in international surveys like the Global Competitiveness Report. Strong economic fundamentals, free movement of capital and active government support for foreign investment create an ideal environment for profitable international partnerships and overseas investment. (source:Investment in NZ). Refer also Investmentnz.
Influential American magazine Forbes has recently (October 2011) rated New Zealand the second best place in the world to do business (October 2011), behind Canada. Refer article . Forbes says New Zealand governments have overseen substantial change during the last two decades - "Over the past 20 years the government has transformed New Zealand from an agrarian economy dependent on concessionary British market access to a more industrialized, free market economy that can compete globally," it said.
New Zealand topped the list for cutting through red tape, a lack of corruption, investor protection and personal freedom. The report considers 11 different factors for 134 countries including property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance.
New Zealand has also been ranked 5th in the United Nations living standards report (2011).
Key economic facts
New Zealand is ranked by the World Bank (2011) out of 183 economies as:
Refer World Bank Report - Doing Business in N.Z. for the full report
New Zealand is primarily a commodity based, export driven economy. It is a highly efficient producer of premium agricultural and horticultural products including dairy, meat, vegetables, fruit and wine. New Zealand also has a vibrant tourism industry - each year New Zealand welcomes around 2.5 million international visitors who spend approximately $6 billion during their time in New Zealand. New Zealand’s strong international profile along with increasing air capacity to the region has helped drive growth.
New Zealand is famous for its clean, green environment, with magnificent mountains and sparkling waterways. At the same time, New Zealand is a dynamic first-world society with sophisticated cities and a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Admittedly isolated, it is precisely because of that isolation that New Zealand is increasingly regarded as a safe haven for people wanting a peaceful yet productive lifestyle. The combination of natural beauty, geographic isolation, economic growth and political support means that New Zealand is an attractive destination for investors.
In 2011 New Zealand has an estimated population of approximately 4.4 million, and is projected to eclipse 5 million in the mid-2020s and reach 5.75 million by 2061. (source: Department of Statistics Department of Statistics Population Projections)
It is projected that 86.1% of New Zealand’s total population growth over the period 2006 to 2026 will take place in the 12 cities, with two thirds (65.9%) of total growth occurring in the five cities in the Auckland region. In absolute numbers, Auckland and Manukau will make the greatest contribution to New Zealand’s total population growth. (source: Big Cities info)
Buying from overseas is simpler than it sounds. The New Zealand Government actively encourages overseas investors to invest in New Zealand, recognising the important contribution foreign investment makes to the development of New Zealand's industry, resources and community. The index of economic freedom (complied by the Wall St Journal) ranks New Zealand in the top five out of major OECD nations. This takes into account open-ness of trade policy, tax rates, monetary policy, wages, unemployment, inflation levels, investment flows and regulation.
Some of the many reasons to invest in New Zealand property include:
Exceptional rental yields
A positive rental yield is important for property investors to cover the costs of funding a property plus rates, management, insurance and other costs. Maintaining a positive rental yield depends on the principal of supply and demand. There is a current shortage of properties in high-growth areas throughout NZ. (refer NZ Herald article - Shortage of Property)
Generous tax incentives
In New Zealand, there are a multitude of tax-deductible expenses. These include:
There are no exchange controls effecting remittances to and from New Zealand. A free flow of capital in and out of the country is permitted.
Foreign investors wishing to acquire commercial property in New Zealand can freely do so without the approval of the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) up to a level of NZ$10,000,000. Beyond that level OIO approval is required and is also required for some rural and waterfront property acquisitions.
Overseas investors are strongly encouraged to obtain independent legal advice relating to their proposed investment in New Zealand to ensure compliance with the Overseas Investment Act.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposes a transactional tax of 15% on virtually all transactions. There are few exemptions with these being principally in the financial services mortgage and loan sector.
GST is an end user tax and is not normally payable in respect of residential property. With other types of property the GST paid as part of the purchase price of the land can normally be reclaimed from the Inland Revenue Department if the purchaser is registered for GST. Accordingly there should be is little fiscal effect on the purchase, except for potential timing differences in cash flow.
The recent September 2010 and February 2011 Canterbury earthquakes have resulted in significant changes to building insurance in some areas of New Zealand. This applies to residential and commercial / industrial / retail properties. Premiums for older buildings in particular are expected to rise significantly, with the worst affected being virtually uninsurable. This does create opportunities for investors to buy or develop premium properties that are preferred by insurers and tenants / lessee and / or are in non-affected areas. Prospective investors are strongly advised to consider earthquake issues, including insurability, as part of due diligence.
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