About us

Our Company

The Perpetual Guardian team has great aspirations. We want to ensure that every adult New Zealander has an estate plan and every child is protected by one. We also want to make Wills, Trusts and EPAs as normal as KiwiSaver. Across our other products and services, we will continue to bring innovation to our industry by creating digital solutions that will make Perpetual Guardian the first choice of New Zealanders to protect their legacy.

Perpetual Guardian is the result of the coming together of Perpetual Trust and Guardian Trust. As two of New Zealand’s oldest trustee companies, we have over 135 years of experience in providing estate planning options for New Zealanders.

Perpetual Guardian represents the history of South British Guardian Trust and NZI Trust Department, which became Guardian Trust, and Pyne Gould Guinness Trust Department and AMP Perpetual Trust, which became Perpetual Trust. The heritage of these organisations as trustee and fiduciary, acting for their clients in the growth and protection of their wealth dates back to 1882.

In 2013 Perpetual Trust was acquired by Andrew Barnes, and in 2014 he also purchased Guardian Trust. These combined entities are now owned by the Complectus Limited. While the businesses have come together, they represent two separate private Acts of Parliament – the New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Act 1982 and the AMP Perpetual Trustee Company Act 1988.

The team at Perpetual Guardian are specialists in providing Wills, Trusts and Enduring Powers of Attorney. We understand the sensitive nature of Wills, supporting you and your family when you are grieving, helping plan your estate and achieving your financial goals. We know that to do this we have to develop relationships built on clear communication, quality service, respect and integrity.

We are passionate about what we do, how we do it and care about the well-being of those who have entrusted us with the safeguarding of their assets. It is a responsibility the team at Perpetual Guardian take very seriously. All of our advisers are specialists in their field, for example, our Client Managers are specialists in tailoring a solution that fits your needs using well-crafted Wills, Trusts, Enduring Powers of Attorneys and other legal structures. We help to preserve all that you have worked for, by ensuring your wishes are carried out.

Perpetual Guardian has offices nationwide, with over 140,000 Will relationships and administering or supervising assets valued over $150 billion.

Perpetual Guardian is a trading name of The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited and Perpetual Trust Limited. Both companies are registered statutory trustee companies pursuant to the Trustee Companies Act 1967. If you are a new client of Perpetual Guardian, the legal entity you will transact business with is The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited. If you are an existing client, the legal entity you transact with is unchanged.

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Perpetual Guardian is a trading name of The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited and Perpetual Trust Limited. For Authorised Financial Advisers, a disclosure statement is available upon request and free of charge.