It operates as a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy, emphasizing democratic principles and individual rights. Political stability is a defining feature, with peaceful transitions of power, strong rule of law, and an independent judiciary. The local currency is the New Zealand dollar, managed by the Reserve Bank, freely convertible and widely used for domestic transactions and international trade. This combination of geography, legislative background, stability, and currency fosters an attractive environment for stability.
New Zealand is recognized as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, ranking alongside Denmark, Finland and Norway. It is an active member of many global organizations such as the OECD, WTO, World Bank, UN and FATF. The country is therefore considered a reliable and safe country for high-net-worth individuals wanting to establish a New Zealand foreign trust as part of their wealth planning.