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Our Story

We believe everyone should have access to world-class advice to help grow and manage their wealth.

We deliver clients the benefit of investment advice from qualified, experienced Advisers, supported by a highly-awarded team of research analysts, with access to some of the world’s best research.

You are in expert hands

Our reputation has been built on delivering the highest quality advice. All our Advisers are qualified and NZX accredited. Our entire team is focused on delivering against six key principles.

Our clients’ best interests come first

Our understanding of your goals, and what will create success for you, drives everything we do.

We deliver impartial and informed advice

As a New Zealand-owned business, we are entirely independent in the advice we deliver and the specific investments that we recommend.

We are motivated to deliver

Delivering outstanding service and performance is what enables us to build long-term trusted relationships.

We operate to best practice standards

We are committed to delivering to industry best practice and actively participate in many industry bodies.

We offer services that fit

Our full range of investment services are designed to fit your unique wealth management needs.

We deliver global opportunity

We partner with leading international institutions to ensure access to global connections and research.

A little history

Forsyth Barr was established in Dunedin in 1936 by Robert (Peter) Forsyth Barr. At the end of World War II, he was joined by Murray Sidey and Keith Skinner and together the three partners built the business based on a shared commitment to delivering quality advice with the highest levels of service. In the 1970s the entrepreneurial team broadened the business from its core stockbroking operation.

In the 1970s Forsyth Barr was first into the New Zealand market with a broad range of investment solutions, including a fixed interest monitoring service. This innovation continued with the introduction of cash management and nominee services in the 1980s, along with portfolio management services and the first low cost retirement fund in the 1990s.

The company grew rapidly through that period, opening offices in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Invercargill, Lower Hutt, Palmerston North and Napier. This growth has continued, with Forsyth Barr now operating 25 offices across the country providing investment advisory and portfolio management services covering over $20 billion of clients' investments.


First to market with a broad range of investment solutions, including a fixed interest monitoring service. Opens offices in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.


Introduces cash management and nominee services. Opens offices in Invercargill and Lower Hutt.


Introduces portfolio management offering. The first low cost retirement fund. Opens offices in Palmerston North and Napier.


NZX firms Frater Williams, Esam Cushing and Young & Co join with Forsyth Barr. Expands to Hamilton, Hastings. Nelson and Tauranga. Purchases Leveraged Equities Finance Limited


Acquires NZX firms in Timaru and Ashburton. Opens offices in Whangarei, North Shore, Cambridge, New Plymouth, Queenstown and Kapiti. Sponsorship of Forsyth Barr Stadium commences. Forsyth Barr Asia office opened. Summer KiwiSaver scheme launched. David Kirk appointed Chairman.


Acquires NZX firm in Wanaka and opens new offices in East Auckland, Masterton and Orewa bringing our total number of offices nationwide to 24. Establishes strategic wealth management partnership with Westpac New Zealand.

Last updated: Mon 16 August 2021