Auctioneers' responsibilities

To carry out business as an auctioneer you must hold a current registration, or be an employee of a registered auctioneer, and not be disqualified under the Auctioneers Act.

Renewing your registration

Your New Zealand registration as an auctioneer must be renewed annually.

See Renewing your auctioneer registration for how to do this.

Maintaining your registration

You must notify us via email of any changes affecting your registration, including if:

  • changes are required to your details on the register
  • you — or anyone concerned in the management of your company — becomes disqualified from registration
  • a new person becomes concerned in the management of your company, or
  • you’ve ceased to carry on business as an auctioneer.

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Keeping accurate and up-to-date records

You must keep accurate and up-to-date records of your sales, including:

  • description of the property sold
  • vendor’s details
  • auction date
  • reserve price
  • highest bid
  • sale price
  • proceeds to the vendor.

Section 17 of the Act provides a full list of what must be recorded.

Auctioneers Act 2013 — Section 17(external link)

Unauthorised sale of public records

Archives New Zealand’s role, through the Public Records Act 2005, is to provide for the continuing collection and storage of public archives. This is done by making sure that public archives and local authority archives are systematically created and preserved. This enhances public access to records important for government accountability and the historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand.

Sometimes important public and local authority records are offered for sale which should be in the care of Archives New Zealand and not on the open market. These will be records created by government departments and local authorities.

Archives New Zealand reminds vendors such as auctioneers and the general public that they cannot legally sell or buy these important records.

Please contact Archives New Zealand via for more information.

Employing auctioneers

You may only employ an auctioneer to conduct a sale on your behalf if the auctioneer is not disqualified under the criteria in the Act.

Auctioneers Act 2013 — Section 6(external link)