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APIs connect your software to government services

Application programming interfaces help your system talk securely to those used by government agencies. Use this new online guide to APIs used by the Companies Office and others.

APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are a great way to connect businesses to the services they use regularly.

They create a secure connection between different software and services so they can be accessed through one interface. Instead of having to copy information, you can use an API to pull it into the system you’re using automatically.

The new website www.api.business.govt.nz (external link) shows the APIs provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Explore the site to find APIs useful to your business and then ask your software providers if they have any of these APIs integrated into their products.

There are currently 57 APIs on the site for:

The site has all the technical documentation and support developers need to get started on building the APIs into their products.

The site has all the technical documentation and support developers need to get started on building the APIs into their products.

It’s also the place to request the authorisation credentials, or the secure key, needed to access an API when the software is ready to use it.

Fast, secure and more accurate

These APIs connect you directly and automatically to government agencies and services you use – helping to reduce the time and effort you spend manually transferring information held in your own systems onto paper or online forms. It also helps avoid data entry errors.

Many of these APIs also provide a way to automatically retrieve information held in public registers, like the Companies Register so you can easily access up-to-date official data.

For example, an intellectual property (IP) agent may have a case management system that holds the details of their clients and IP portfolios. By incorporating the IPONZ API, they can use their own system to submit new applications, renew IP rights, send and receive correspondence to IPONZ, and automatically get the latest information from the IP registers.

Similarly, a property management firm with software that supports the use of the API can easily submit and manage applications with the Tenancy Tribunal.

New APIs will be added to the site as they become available for use.



Follow @helpforAPIs (external link)  on Twitter to hear about new APIs, updates and service announcements.

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