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The company started in New Zealand in 1976 with the opening of the first restaurant in Porirua, which employed 50 staff. There are now over 150 McDonald's restaurants nationwide, employing over 6,000 New Zealanders.
Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's restaurants are owned by individual franchise holders (franchisees). These restaurants operate in a very competitive market that is seeing significant growth every year.
McDonald's Restaurants (NZ) Ltd is a New Zealand company and is not listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX).