Electronic signatures are common in New Zealand and well accepted in the business community. They are regularly required to sign general business contracts, employment contracts, leasing agreements, and other common sorts of contracts. Contract and commercial law Act 2017 (CCLA) is the primary regulation concerning electronic signatures in New Zealand.

Key Conditions

CCLA Part 4, Section 228 provides that an electronic signature is presumed “as reliable as appropriate” if:

Use cases of electronic signature in New Zealand

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our lifestyles and how one conducts business. Most non-essential companies have established completely remote work setups. This “new normal” has concentrated more attention on electronic means of transactions. The “new normal” in the age of Covid-19 proceeds to facilitate the use of eSignatures.

Documents that cannot be e-signed in New Zealand:


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