Companies Act 1993

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  • Section 405(7) and Schedule 15 Part 1 paragraphs (h), (p), and (q): editorial changes made, on 19 January 2023, under sections 86(1) and 87(l)(i), (ii), (iii), and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2019 (2019 No 58).
24 Direction to change name


If the Registrar believes on reasonable grounds that the name under which a company is registered should not have been reserved, the Registrar may serve written notice on the company to change its name by a date specified in the notice, being a date not less than 20 working days after the date on which the notice is served.


If the company does not change its name within the period specified in the notice, the Registrar may enter on the New Zealand register a new name for the company selected by the Registrar, being a name under which the company may be registered under this Part.


If the Registrar registers a new name under subsection (2), the Registrar must issue a certificate of incorporation for the company recording the new name of the company, and section 23(4) applies in relation to the registration of the new name as if the name of the company had been changed under that section.