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At IRIS Global Workforce Management, we’re on-hand to simplify payroll and HR in New Zealand. As a leading global payroll and HR specialist, represented by 88 in-country teams, we have the specialists available to ensure your overseas employees are looked after.

Understanding payroll and HR in New Zealand requires expert knowledge, especially if compliance one of your top priority during a global expansion project. With various demanding and often challenging laws, cultures and regulations, it can feel overwhelming to to stay ahead of it all. Our experts can help, by offering:

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    Payroll in New Zealand 

    We take away the concerns of international payroll – from local pay to benefits. This means your growing workforce will get paid accurately, on-time, every time.

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    HR in New Zealand 

    Companies trust our HR services in New Zealand to support their global employees when it comes to legislation and compliance.

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    Employment Law Compliance in New Zealand

    Helping businesses attract and hire new talent, our in-country specialists can help with contracts, policies, handbooks and more.

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    Global Payments Services

    Access compliant, global payment services, regardless of your industry. We help make your cross-border transfers cost-effective.  

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    Location Data

    New Zealand FlagNew Zealand
    Oceania (Australia and New Zealand)
    Calling Code
    UTC-11:00, UTC-10:00, UTC+12:00, UTC+12:45, UTC+13:00
    Timezone in Capital
    (NZ) 4:58 PM
    New Zealand dollar (NZD)
    $1 = $1.63
    Main Language
    Other Business Languages
    Tax Year Start
    1st April
    Tax Year Start
    31st March

    Details correct at time of publication. You should not rely on these details without first seeking professional international advice.

    A trusted advisor for global expansion

    We support businesses in 135 countries worldwide to reach their expansion goals.

    Global Expansion in New Zealand

    New Zealand is known for being one of the most business-friendly countries in the world. Ranked as one of the easiest locations to incorporate a business into, it has minimal barriers for entry. At present, its active economy is also the third freest economy in the world.

    With a population of 4 million and key access to Pacific Island markets, there’s plenty of opportunity within New Zealand. (Not to mention, the landscape is an added bonus!)

    However, as with every expansion, it doesn’t come without its difficulties. If you’re looking to expand your business to New Zealand, IRIS is the experts you need to help you maintain compliance, pay your staff correctly and on time. Speak to one of our country specialists today.

    Employer Must-Dos

    In New Zealand, the following reports must be submitted to strict deadlines.

    • Corporate Tax Return
    • VAT Tax Returns
    • Annual Tax Return (for non-residents’ NZ income)

    HR in New Zealand

    What are the regular working hours in New Zealand?

    The usual working work in New Zealand covers 40 hours from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday (with a 30-minute lunch).

    Vacation and illness

    Employees are entitled to a minimum of 4 weeks paid annual leave a year if they work regular hours full time or part time. Once you have worked at your job for more than 6 months, you’re entitled to a minimum of 5 days’ sick leave a year. However, some employers offer more depending on contract agreements.


    Employees may be dismissed due to serious misconduct, repeated misconduct, during a trial period, for performance related issues, redundancy and incapacity. Employees have the right to request a written statement covering the reasons for their dismissal. If a request is made, employers must provide the statement within 14 days.

    Want to know more about international payroll?

    For more information about international payroll, download our comprehensive guide to international payroll and discover key considerations.

    IRIS’s Payroll and HR Solutions in New Zealand

    Whether you’re looking for payroll and HR services in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington, IRIS is here to help. Our experts have the knowledge and international experience to ensure you maintain compliance and continue to pay your staff correctly and on time. Our services include but are not restricted to:

    • Employment Contracts
    • Payroll Processing
    • Year End Income Tax Reconciliation
    • Coordinating with the Company HR Department
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Benefits Administration
    • Multi-currency Salary Payments and Bonuses
    • Withholding tax payments to respective authorities
    • Payroll Audit Services
    • Email Payslip Services
    • Pension Administration
    • Employee Local Tax Administration
    • Tax and Labor Consulting
    • Legal representation / Assistance
    • Handling of confidential Payroll
    • Translation Services

    International Payroll Services

    Maintain Compliance with Your New Zealand Payroll & HR

    Get in touch with one of our experts and start your international expansion to New Zealand today. We’ll take care of your payroll and HR so you can focus on the important things.