About the Insolvency Practitioners Register

The Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019 creates a register of licensed insolvency practitioners

The Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019 (the Act) establishes a co-regulatory scheme for insolvency practitioners operating in New Zealand. The Act requires insolvency practitioners in New Zealand to be licensed.

This website is home to the register of licensed insolvency practitioners, and also contains useful information for insolvency practitioners, members of the public looking for information about insolvency practitioners, and for insolvency practitioner accredited bodies.

On this page:

The purpose of the scheme

The co-regulatory scheme aims to promote quality, expertise, and integrity in the profession of insolvency practitioners.

An insolvency practitioner is someone who acts as the liquidator, administrator or receiver of an insolvent body corporate, or a trustee of an individual’s creditor proposal.

The quality of a practitioner’s advice and decisions can have a significant impact on whether a business is rehabilitated or liquidated, and on the total amount available for distribution to creditors.

All insolvency practitioners are placed in a position of managing and protecting other people’s money and property. It is, therefore, critical that they act honestly, fairly and impartially at all times.

Practitioners working on New Zealand insolvencies must be licensed by an accredited body and listed on the register of insolvency practitioners.

Searching the register

If you are a member of the public, creditor, or business owner looking for an insolvency practitioner, or public information about an insolvency practitioner, you can search the insolvency practitioners register.
Search for a licensed insolvency practitioner

You may search the Insolvency Practitioners Register to:

  • determine whether a person is a licensed insolvency practitioner
  • check the status and relevant professional history of the insolvency practitioner
  • check a practitioner’s disciplinary history subsequent to the Act commencing
  • check whether a practitioner’s licence is subject to any conditions
  • choose a suitable person to carry out an insolvency engagement.

You must not search the register for any other reason. If you do search the register for other reasons, you may be in breach of the Privacy Act 1993 .

For more information, see sections 29 and 33 of the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019 .

Contents of the register

The Insolvency Practitioners Register holds the following details for each practitioner:

  • name and address
  • registration number
  • business/firm name, contact details and NZBN
  • accredited body that issued the insolvency practitioner’s licence
  • date the insolvency practitioner’s licence was issued and expires
  • types of insolvency engagement the insolvency practitioner is authorised to carry out
  • conditions on the insolvency practitioner’s licence
  • details of any suspension, cancellation, prohibition and disciplinary actions affected the insolvency practitioner in the last 7 years.

The register also includes information about former licensed insolvency practitioners.

For more information, see section 30 of the Insolvency Practitioners Regulation Act 2019 and the Insolvency Practitioners Regulations 2020 .

Where the information comes from

Information on the Insolvency Practitioners Register is collected by accredited bodies. If you need to correct or update any information on the register, you should contact your accredited body.

Fees and levies

The costs of the Registrar to provide the online register of insolvency practitioners and oversight and monitoring of the insolvency practitioner regulatory system will be recovered by fees and levies.

Application and annual confirmation fee

Insolvency practitioners will pay a single application fee and a subsequent annual licence confirmation fee to an accredited body. The accredited body will subsequently pass these fees to the Registrar.

New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants is an accredited body and their fees, along with other useful information, are outlined in FAQs published on the CA ANZ website.

Levy on companies

All companies will benefit from an efficient and effective insolvency practitioner regulatory regime whether as creditors, or when needing insolvency and recovery advice and services themselves.

All registered companies will contribute through an insolvency practitioner regulatory system levy of $1.00 (plus GST), payable with the company incorporation fee and with the company annual return fee at point of filing, in addition to the existing fees.

Roles and responsibilities

Accredited bodies

Under the co-regulatory scheme, accredited bodies are responsible for carrying out the frontline regulation of insolvency practitioners. This includes:

  • licensing
  • ongoing competence
  • investigating complaints
  • taking disciplinary action when appropriate.

If you’re an insolvency practitioner, you should contact your accredited body about:

  • becoming a licensed insolvency practitioner
  • renewing your insolvency practitioner licence
  • updating your details on the Insolvency Practitioner Register
  • your ongoing professional, ethical and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) obligations
  • any queries concerning your professional obligations under your accredited body’s membership rules.

Members of the public can also contact an insolvency practitioner's accredited body to find out about:

  • becoming a licensed insolvency practitioner
  • making a complaint about a licensed insolvency practitioner in regards to breaches of professional standards, lack of competence, or overcharging.

You can find out which accredited body licensed an insolvency practitioner by searching the register. Some accredited bodies are supported by recognised bodies.
Search for a licensed insolvency practitioner

Recognised bodies

A recognised body is a person (for example, an incorporated professional body or industry group) that is recognised, by notice in the Gazette, by the Registrar for the purposes of section 57 of the Act .

A member of a recognised body can be issued a licence by an accredited body.

Registrar of Companies and the Companies Office

The Registrar of Companies and the Companies Office are responsible for overseeing the regulatory regime and accredited bodies. The Registrar also maintains the online register of insolvency practitioners.

Insolvency practitioners, you should contact the Registrar about:

Members of the public should contact the Registrar of Companies about:

Contacting the Registrar

Who to contact for personal insolvency

Please visit www.insolvency.govt.nz to learn more about personal bankruptcy, no-asset procedures, debt repayment orders, advice about managing your debts, or to contact the Insolvency and Trustee Service.

Page last updated 1 September 2020