1. About us
  2. What we do
  3. Our role

Our role

Page last updated: 21 Feb 2019

The FMA was established in 2011 as an independent Crown entity. We are responsible for ensuring public confidence in our financial markets and supporting the growth of New Zealand’s capital base through effective regulation.

In 2014 we began working under a much wider mandate with the introduction of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMC Act). We now have an extended range of regulatory tools available to achieve better outcomes for investors, financial markets professionals and businesses.

In delivering our current regulatory objectives, we have seven strategic priority areas including governance and culture; conflicted conduct; capital market growth and integrity; sales and advice; investor decision making; effective frontline regulators; and FMA effectiveness and efficiency. You can find out more about these priority areas in our full Strategic Risk Outlook.

Regulating the New Zealand economy

We are one of three main regulators. Here’s how we work together to regulate our economy and support a financially healthy New Zealand.

Three main regulators: RBNZ, FMA and Commerce commission

Because of the role of regulation, you can expect to see

  • well-informed consumers and investors
  • healthy and robust businesses
  • competitive markets
  • good conduct by businesses and professionals
  • global recognition of New Zealand as a strong business environment

Find out more about who we regulate, how we regulate and our co-operation with other agencies.