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The financial services sector

Wellington is served by a solid base of investment advisors, investment funds, and private investors.

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A finance hub

Wellington is home to 20 banks, 126 authorised financial advisory firms and over 200 authorised financial advisors.

The ‘Big Four’ professional services firms (Ernst and YoungDeloitteKPMG and Pricewaterhouse Coopers) also have a strong presence in Wellington. 

In addition there are companies such as Grant ThorntonBDO and more niche investment advisory companies, ready to provide guidance on Wellington’s investment market. Wellington is also now a base for crowd funding platforms such as PledgeMe.

As well as traditional sources, investment deal flows to suit different appetites can come from the following sources in Wellington:

  • High-growth industries
  • Research institutes
  • Universities
  • Incubators such as Creative HQ
  • IP commercialisation / Venture capital Companies such as Powerhouse Ventures

A robust industry

The strength of the financial service sector in Wellington is underpinned by its proximity to national financial institutions and the New Zealand government. The New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) is located in Wellington which also provides a unique advantage.

There’s a growing demand for finance professionals in New Zealand, with an job listings for finance managers increasing 13% from 2014 to 2015 (MBIE, 2015).

Employment opportunities in the sector were up 52% in the year to March 2015, according to the latest Employment Market Report from job listing website SEEK, recording the strongest nationwide growth of all industries over the year (SEEK, 2015).

Wellington experienced the highest growth in financial services roles, up 3.7% month on month SEEK, 2015

Global players in Wellington

Leading investment service companies in Wellington include Macquarie Equities New Zealand, a global player providing investment and fund management services. Another leading player is Infratil, which invests in the infrastructure industry.

Wellington also has smaller investment companies focused on niche markets. For example, MOVAC and No 8 Ventures are both companies that invest in high growth potential businesses in the technology industry.

Leading financial asset investment and services companies in Wellington also include:

Key sub-sectors

The key sub-sectors contributing to the financial services industry in Wellington are:

  • Depository financial intermediation
  • Auxiliary finance and investment services
  • Insurance

The key subsectors experiencing growth are:

  • Financial asset investing
  • Auxiliary finance and investment services
  • Auxiliary insurance services
  • Non-depository financing
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