About Us

Proudly enriching the lives of New Zealanders and their families by providing purpose-bred and trained Assistance Dogs


Our Story

"90% of our clients are children under 12 years old with autism and other neurodisabilities".

Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust (ADNZT) is a registered charitable trust, providing trained dogs to clients with any disability. We are committed to providing a quality service which evaluates each applicant individually and provides assessment, training and follow-up to each individual client's specific needs. We provide our service to people with a range of disabilities and will consider an application from any person with a disability.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of New Zealanders living with a disability. 90% of our clients are children under 12 years old with autism, and often multiple disorders. Each of our clients are individuals - we take on New Zealanders with disabilities who have no other organisation to turn to and work collaboratively with other NZ service-dog organisations to refer the rest. 

Our organisation is one of only six in New Zealand that have government-granted public rights access under the Human Rights Act 1993 and Dog Control Act 1996. We are a member of and internationally accredited by Assistance Dogs International and are incredibly proud of the high standard of dogs we provide for our clients throughout the country. 

Our History

"Creating an organisation in New Zealand to cater for this gap of service in our community."

ADNZT was founded in 2008 by Julie and Rick Hancox after Julie left the field of a prominent service dog organisation.

During her career, she came across people with various disabilities that did not receive the same access to service dogs. There was nowhere for people with disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Diabetes to go to obtain a dog to assist with their disability with legal public access rights.

After being introduced to families bringing in dogs from the US to assist their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Julie took on the challenge of creating an organisation in New Zealand to cater for this gap of service in our community.

Julie formulated her own dog training programme and with the constant assistance and support of Rick, Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trusts now services over 40 clients New Zealand-wide with a waiting list that is continuously growing beyond the capabilities of this unique and successful charitable organisation.

The ADNZT team continues to offer great things to the community through strong breeding stock, professional training and dog assessment programs and a consistently high placement success rate. Without a doubt, the team are committed to our cause and work tirelessly to overcome the many obstacles that come our way.


Access Rights

In 2010, ADNZT was granted full access rights under New Zealand Legislation, allowing all ADNZT pups and dogs to travel in public places. This means that an ADNZT staff member, volunteer, or client has the right to take an ADNZT puppy or dog into any public place - including, supermarkets, shopping malls, food outlets, motels or hotels, movie theatres and restaurants. They are also entitled to travel on all forms of public transport. Discrimination against persons relying on or training an Assistance Dog may be considered a breach of the Human Rights Act 1993 and/or Dog Control Act 1996.



Does your Netherlands company require a VAT number?

Not every Dutch (non-resident) company will be VAT liable, and therefore not required (or able!) to apply for a VAT number.
Companies that do not perform any trading activities, in general to not have to apply for a VAT number (such as holding companies, etc.)
In case your company sells goods or services within the Netherlands, or the EU, your company might be required to apply for a VAT number. You can check our Tax Overview, or contact our Incorporation Officers for more information.

How Can I Open a Dutch Bank Account?

The opening of a corporate bank account in the Netherlands can be challenging. There is no legal requirement to open a Dutch bank account, so in case your Dutch company has no direct link with the Netherlands yet (such as a physical presence, staff, customers, etc.) we suggest that you consider using an overseas IBAN (for example at your current overseas bank), until you have a certain track record. Dutch banks, like ING, do open corporate bank accounts, even for brand-new companies. You can read more about that here.

What is the difference between a subsidiary or a branch registration in the Netherlands?

The obvious difference between a branch, and a subsidiary, is that a subsidiary is a separate legal entity. And a branch, is an extension of your current overseas company.
Simply put, you can only register a branch in the Netherlands, if you already own an overseas company. The advantage of registering your overseas company in Netherlands (at the Chamber of Commerce) is that you don’t have to work with a Dutch notary, and your overseas Company Law is leading (so Dutch corporate law requirements on publishing of Financial Statements, paying up share capital, etc. are not relevant). Read More about the branch timeline
Read More about choosing a branch or legal entity

Are there any Company Ownership-restrictions in Netherlands?

There are no company ownership restrictions in Netherlands, and non residents can own real estate, company shares, etc. without any limitations.

What Non-Resident requirements do I need to consider?

Any non resident individual, or entity, can own or manage a company in the Netherlands. This means that there are no legal restrictions against this. However. Appointing a non-resident director (or shareholder) can have practical and tax consequences. Read more about Substance
Read more about opening a bank account

What are the Legal Address Requirements in The Netherlands?

All companies formed in the Netherlands need to have a unique registered address, which will be used for the registration at the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel). In general, its expected that the legal address is in the Netherlands, but this is not a legal requirement in order to form a company in the Netherlands. If your Dutch company is still in the startup phase, and does not have a physical presence in the Netherlands, it can use it’s overseas (residential or office) address.
In any case, a rental agreement, or permission letter, should be available which shows that the address can be used for this purpose.

In case you use a Dutch business address service, you need to consider that virtual office addresses are not allowed in the Netherlands. This means that any business address must be accessible by you, and provide at least a flexi-desk service. It also requires that a manned reception desk is available, and that the ‘business center’ can contact you if required.

Aside from the legal address, it’s possible to use a separate mailing address for any incoming mail from the tax authorities. Typically such letters are sent directly to the accountant or bookkeeper.

INCO can help you translate your Dutch government letters, or correspond with government agencies, as part of our Company Officer Service.

What are the Requirements for a Company Administrator/Tax Representative in Netherlands?

There is no legal requirement to appoint a Company Administrator or Tax Representative in Netherlands. However, when a non-resident company applies for a VAT or wage tax number, it’s common practice that it uses the services of a local registered bookkeeping firm to communicate with the tax authorities and file the appropriate tax returns. INCO can assist you in the application of tax number, and filing of tax returns.

What are the company name restrictions in Netherlands?

Before starting a business in the Netherlands, you need to consider your company name, and the restrictions that apply in the Netherlands. For example, you can’t simply use the name ‘bank’ , ‘university’, ‘accountant’ in your company name, unless you are licensed to perform these activities. You are also not allowed to use personal names of someone else in your company name, like ‘Albert Heijn’ or ‘Freddy Heineken’. Assuming of course, such names are still available, you can use these names if it’s your actual name. Do you use your own name in your company name? Keep in mind that you run a greater risk of unwanted sales and even identity fraud.

Do not choose a company name with a brand name from another company (or names similar to it). A customer or supplier can then get confused. They may think that the products with that brand come from the company that uses the brand name in its company name.
You may not use a company name that can cause confusion with the public (for example, with customers or suppliers) because the name resembles an existing company name. Whether confusion can arise depends, among other things, on: the similarity in the name/brand; the extent to which the activities are similar; the overlap of the work area, ie the area where the company operates. If you find a company name misleading or confusing Do you think the company name of another company is misleading or confusing? First try to solve it mutually. Is this not possible? Then you can start a procedure with the court. Not all special characters and punctuation marks are allowed. You may only use @ & + and - in your company name. Characters like ()? ! * # / may not, for example, appear in your company name.

Can I add multiple Trading names in Netherlands?

Yes, you can. The trade names don’t have to be similar to the statutory company name. This way you have use multiple brands/trade names, using only one company. Please note that using a trade name does not protect your brand in all situations, and brand registration might still be suggested.

When you register a trade name in the Netherlands, you are allowed to issue invoices, or sign contracts, in the name of that trade name (instead of the legal company name).

What is the process of starting a Company in the Netherlands?

As with everywhere else in the world, the process of setting up a company in the Netherlands can vary based on the type of activity that the company is going to operate. Several industries have their own agencies and specific licenses that are required in order to operate, but even if that’s the case, the Dutch company can be setup first, before applying for such license.

Below, you will find the steps needed to have a fully functioning service company formerly registered in the Netherlands.

  • Start-Up Consult with a Company Formation Officer
  • Complete the application form, and provide company details
  • Collection of Documents
  • Formation Process
  • Approval & Signing
  • Visit to the Netherlands; Meet the notary and/or bank
Check our full Company Formation Timeline
Request your personalized Timeline based on your corporate structure and requirements

How long does it take to company formation in the Netherlands?

Company Formation in the Netherlands is not an integrated process and therefore it is difficult to give an exact time frame. Technically a company can be set up within 1 working day, if the formation is carefully prepared and all documents are provided by the incorporator. In reality it takes time to collect the right information, instruct the notary, receive the formation deed, and get the signed and/or legalized documents from the incorporator. In general it should be considered it takes between 5 and 10 working days to set up a company in the Netherlands.

How much does it cost to form a company in the Netherlands?

The costs to set up a company in the Netherlands depend on the company form that will be used. A sole proprietorship or Dutch branch can be registered at the Chamber of Commerce, without involving a Dutch notary. In this case the fees can be limited to the Chamber of Commerce fees (50 EUR). In case a Dutch legal entity is established, such as the Dutch BV or NV, notary fees (approx. 1.000- 1.500 EUR) need to be considered. The exact fees can depend on the complexity of the formation, and the amount of stakeholders.

READ MORE about setting up a Dutch BV within 1 day! Or check our Company Formation Timeline.

Do you require an Import License in Netherlands?

A common motivation for forming a company in the Netherlands is to be able to import products to Europe. For importing goods into Netherlands no import license is required. In case of certain foods, or goods, an import certificate might be required.

How does the Dutch Chamber of Commerce assist with company formation Netherlands?

The company formation procedure of a limited company in The Netherlands, does not require you to deal with the Chamber of Commerce (KvK). The Dutch notary will deal with the company formation process of the Dutch company, and will register the private limited at the Chamber of Commerce(KvK). Only in case of a sole propietorship, you will deal directly with the Kamer van Koophandel. Nonetheless, the website of the Chamber of Commerce (www.kvk.nl) provides a lot of information concerning company formation in Netherlands.

More information about forming a company in Netherlands

In this guide we have tried to give a non-legal and simplified overview of forming a company in the Netherlands. There are many industry specific requirements and regulations that we have not covered and we encourage you to look at the many industry specific articles that we have published in our Business Toolkit to start your company in the Netherlands.

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Our latest financial report can be accessed HERE.


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