Seminar: Franchising in New Zealand March 2019

04.02.2019 Austrade

Thinking about exporting your franchise system? Visiting New Zealand and hearing first hand from local experienced specialists will assist in your understanding of the potential of the market for your franchise. Use the seminar to do your homework.

You will hear from:

  • Stewart Germann, specialist Franchise lawyer with New Zealand and International experience
  • Craig Weston, specialist Franchise accountant
  • ANZ, specialist banking for franchises
  • Robyn Pickerill , Franchise Association of New Zealand
  • David McCulloch, Franchise Coach – a complete franchise resource
  • Chris Beasleigh, Bayleys property specialist – location location location
  • Nick Stevens, Link Business Brokers
  • Brad Jacobs, The Coffee Club - a successful Australasian franchise system 

Event Details:

Date: 14 March 2019
Time: 1 – 5pm
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Who should attend?

Australian franchises looking to expand their franchise system into the New Zealand market.

Market Insight

New Zealand is on track for moderate growth over the next few years. The terms of trade are strong and governments spending is stimulatory. It is a great time to be participating in the New Zealand business environment. The hospitality sector for example has a positive vibe with events such as the Americas Cup on the horizon, new developments are creating opportunities all around New Zealand. Lending conditions are favourable with steady interest rates, mortgage rates at a low spot and commercial lending continues to be attractive.

A recent survey conducted in August 2017 showed positive attitudes among franchisors and specialist service providers towards general business conditions, franchisee sales levels and franchisor growth prospects.

Survey Highlights
  • There are an estimated 631 business format franchisors in New Zealand in 2017
  • In the last five years 185 new brands have entered the market.
  • The overall turnover of the franchise sector is now estimated at NZD$27.6 billion – equivalent to 11% of New Zealand's GDP. Add in motor vehicle sales and fuel retail and it comes to NZD$46.1 billion
  • The percentage of franchisees involved in disputes has dropped from 4.0% in 2012 to just 1.9% in 2017. From the total number of disputes 495 are handled through mediation. 
One of the key comments regarding the success of the franchise sector in New Zealand is the natural inclination of New Zealanders to become independent financially and the ideal of self-employment – under the banner of "be your own boss".

For Australian companies looking to expand their franchise business, New Zealand represents a real opportunity. It offers one of the most mature markets in the world in regards to the franchise business model and there is currently no specific franchise legislation in New Zealand which allows a more straight forward operational environment.

Austrade-Auckland has had successful experiences supporting Australian companies entering the New Zealand market using the franchise model due to their ready access to franchising support services including accounting, legal and financial institutions.

For more information contact: 

Philippa Hawken Senior Business Development Manager
Auckland, New Zealand
T +64 9 9218805
F +64 9 9218820
M +64 21 2222805

Please note that Austrade will only work with clients that maintain appropriate business ethics, and demonstrate a commitment to legal obligations including anti-bribery laws, both in Australia and overseas markets. Review further information on anti-bribery at

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