Who are we?

Who are we?

Corporate Trustee Services is a leading specialist corporate trustee company in New Zealand, with more than NZ$90 billion under trusteeship and supervision. We are part of Public Trust, and are New Zealand's sole Crown-owned trustee company.

Our business operates independently of other Public Trust operations, but shares its stability, integrity and resources.

Our focus

We focus on the corporate trustee market, and work with business customers and groups of investors on a wide range of public and private investment schemes. This includes managed funds, KiwiSaver schemes, superannuation schemes, corporate debt and custodial services.

Our credentials

Corporate Trustee Services' strengths are our reputation, our established roots and depth of experience. The integrity inherent in our ownership has made us the first choice for many New Zealand corporate organisations looking for corporate trustee services, and has seen the evolution of a thorough set of standards and values.

The Public Trust name represents integrity, honesty and reliability. If you're launching a venture, our reputation, experience and approach will enhance your project's credibility and help gain the confidence of investors and their advisers.

Corporate Trustee Services is an active industry participant and is a member of the Trustee Corporations Association.

Our background

Corporate Trustee Services was formed in 1967 as a separate business division within Public Trust.  In 2000 we acquired New Zealand Permanent Trustees, which retains its own identity under Public Trust. 

Trustee Licensing

Under the Financial Markets Supervisors Act 2011 (FMS Act) Public Trust is licenced by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) to act as a trustee or supervisor of:

  • regulated offers of debt securities
  • registered schemes (including KiwiSaver schemes, Non-fund schemes, Specified managed funds, Superannuation schemes)

and act as a statutory supervisor of retirement villages.

Public Trust’s licence was renewed by the FMA on 17 January 2018 and expires on 16 January 2023.
Details of Public Trust’s licence can be found in:

Public Trust is also licenced under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 to provide corporate independent trustee services to restricted schemes. The licence is issued subject to the Financial Markets Conduct (Corporate Trustees) Exemption Notice 2016.  Details of Public Trust's licence can be found in: