File a financial statement

A financial statement outlines the debtor’s finances for the court, which makes a decision about how they can pay.

It can be completed and sent to the court by either the creditor or the debtor. This can be useful if:

  • the debtor doesn't have a phone or English is not their first language
  • the debtor cannot attend a hearing
  • the creditor has served the debtor with a Notice to Complete a Financial Statement and the debtor wants to provide a financial statement
  • the debtor wants to be pro-active in paying their debt.

Financial statement for an individual [PDF, 277 KB]

Financial statement for a company [PDF, 250 KB]

Information to provide in a financial statement

  • The debtor's date of birth.
  • The debtor's benefit number, if they are on a benefit.
  • The name and address of the debtor's employer, if known.
  • Details about the debtor's income, spending and property that may help the court figure out how they can pay.
  • If the creditor is filing the financial statement, they must include the date and source of the financial information.

When you file the financial statement, you must:

Post it to:

Postal address:
Ministry of Justice
Central Registry

Write the address as written above and send it the same way as any other mail. You can use an NZ Post mail box. If you use a DX mail box your mail will get to us faster(external link)

You can also file it at your local district court.

You must give a copy of the application to the other party by email, post or in person. If you want to pay by credit card, you need to include the Paying Civil Enforcement Fee form.

Paying Civil Enforcement Fee form [PDF, 200 KB]

When we get the financial statement

A registrar will consider the financial information. They can issue a range of orders, including:

The court will tell you the result of the application.

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