Public Trust is a trustee organisation with a unique mandate to protect the future of New Zealanders. They offer a wide range of legal and financial services, but their role is different from others who may offer similar services. As a crown entity, it is their role to provide absolutely independent advice, and to always act in your interest – not theirs! There is even an act of parliament which makes it their legal responsibility to do so.

What does Public Trust do?

Public Trust helps all sorts of New Zealanders with the legal and financial services they need at different stages of life, and even in death. Some of the things that Public Trust can help you with include:

  • Making a will and enduring powers of attorney
  • Buying your own home – home loans
  • Getting your finances and taxes sorted
  • Growing your wealth and protecting it for the future
  • Planning for a comfortable retirement
  • Planning ahead for your funeral and final costs
  • Managing your affairs if you can’t manage alone
  • Looking after your estate and beneficiaries

Public Trust also works with charitable trusts, to help manage their funds and help improve the lives of New Zealanders in many ways.

How is it funded?

Public Trust is a crown entity. It is managed by a chief executive who is responsible to a board of directors. Public Trust operates independently.

How can I get their help?

You can contact Public Trust by phoning 0800 371 471, or you can find your local Public Trust phone number by visiting their website

How much does it cost?

Public Trust offers a range of services, and the costs vary depending on the service provided. The important thing to remember is that Public Trust is legally responsible to act in your best interest, so you are absolutely guaranteed to get your money’s worth.

Link to the Public Trust Website

The Public Trust website is a comprehensive website that discusses all their services, why those services are important, the processes, and the concerns. It’s easy to understand and well cross referenced, so you’ll find whatever you’re looking for no matter where you’re looking. There is contact information for your local Public Trust, plus lots of information about how Public Trust is involved in the community

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This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

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