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Statement on the Scoop Foundation for Public Interest Journalism from the Independent Charities Registration Board

PBE Combinations standard

On 4 July 2019 the External Reporting Board (XRB) issued the new financial reporting standard PBE IPSAS 40 PBE Combinations for application by Tier 1

Blog post - 8 July 2019

We have put together a short list of free online resources on governance we believe are the among the best.

Statement on Shooters Lottery Incorporated from the Independent Charities Registration Board

Blog post - 5 June 2019

Feedback on the 2019 Charity Reporting Awards

Blog post - 2 May 2019

Automated Cash Book — Helping you report your cash transactions

Statement on the Better Public Media Trust from the Independent Charities Registration Board

Online presentation on the modernisation of the Charities Act 2005 now available

2019 New Zealand Charity Reporting Awards

The winners and highly commended have been announced

Blog post - 29 March 2019

Streamlining registration: Common issues in applications

Make sure your donation will have an impact

We have some very helpful tips to help you safely make a donation

Blog post - 27 February 2019

Changes that will make it easier to claim donation tax credits

The modernisation of the Charities Act - discussion document released

Register now: community meetings for the modernising of the Charities Act

The dates and locations of the consultation on the Charities Act review have been announced.

Blog post - 17 December 2018

An update on our governance project, and our plan for the next 12 months.

2018 Charities Services Annual Meeting

About 200 people gathered in Auckland on 4 October 2018 to attend Charities Services’ Annual Meeting.

Blog post - 26 October 2018

Fraud in the charitable sector

Public consultation on the Charities Act review

The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector has announced updated timing for public consultation for the Charities Act Review.

Family First appeal of Charities Registration Board decision dismissed

The independent Charities Registration Board notes the recent decision of the High Court on the removal of Family First as a charity.

Webinar recording - The Charities Register

Watch the recording of our webinar on how to search the Charities Register.

New appointment to the Charities Registration Board

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Peeni Henare has announced a new appointment.

Blog post - 25 July 2018

Sports and charity: Rules of the game

Blog post - 17 July 2018

Upcoming tax changes that might affect your charity

Blog post - 20 June 2018

What charities need to know about the New Zealand Business Number

National Volunteer Week

This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week which runs until Saturday 23 June 2018.

Review of the Charities Act 2005

The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector has announced a review of the Charities Act 2005.

Update on Sea Shepherd New Zealand from the Independent Charities Registration Board

In a decision dated 28 May 2018 the independent Charities Registration Board (the “Board”) determined that Sea Shepherd New Zealand Trust (the “Trust”

Lunchtime Webinar Series

Join us once again this year for our Lunchtime Webinar Series. Check out our two upcoming webinars.

Update on Save Animals From Exploitation from the Independent Charities Registration Board

In a decision dated 19 April 2018 the independent Charities Registration Board directed that Save Animals From Exploitation

Blog post - 6 April 2018

Social enterprise and charity

Update on Greenpeace of New Zealand Incorporated from the Independent Charities Registration Board

In its decision dated 21 March 2018 the independent Charities Registration Board has decided to decline Greenpeace’s application to be a registered ch

New Blog Post - 14 February 2018

Ending a charity - what to do with what's left

Reminder that rules documents must be followed

In March 2015, following an investigation by Charities Services, the Glenn Family Foundation Charitable Trust removed itself from the New Zealand...

Update on Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the independent Charities Registration Board

The independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the Cha

2017 Charities Services Annual Meeting

More than 200 people gathered in Wellington on 2 November 2017 to attend Charities Services’ Annual Meeting.

Blog post - 24 October 2017

Lessons on compliance through case reports

New blog post - 16 October 2017

What charities need to know about spam

Update on Family First New Zealand from the Independent Charities Registration Board

In its decision dated 21 August 2017 the independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Family First New Zealand from the Charities...

New blog post - 17 July 2017

Upcoming Election – things to think about as a charity

Upcoming webinars - Tour of the Performance Report

Registrations are now open for our next two upcoming webinars in July and August on the Performance Report for Tier 3 and Tier 4 charities.

Webinar Recording now up on our website

Did you miss our webinar on Annual Reporting for Tier 3 and Tier 4 charities? You can view the recording here (scroll to the bottom of the page in the

Registered Charities' Volunteers and Volunteer Hours

In celebration of volunteer week (18-24 June), here is some data on registered charities' volunteers and volunteer hours

Blog post - 2 June 2017

Is being registered with Charities Services still right for your organisation?

Webinar: Annual Reporting - An Overview for Tier 3 and 4 Charities

Our next Lunchtime Webinar will cover the basics of what information Charities Services requires registered charities to provide every year.

Update on Family First New Zealand

In April 2013 the Independent Charities Registration Board made a decision to remove Family First New Zealand from the...

Webinar: Minimum Categories in the Performance Report (for Tier 3 and 4 Charities)

Register for our next Lunchtime Webinar series event. In this webinar, we'll be talking about Minimum Categories in the Performance Report

2016 Public Trust and Confidence Survey

Since 2008, biennial surveys have been conducted to measure the levels of public trust and confidence in the charitable sector.

Webinar: Statement of Cash Flows for Tier 1, 2 and 3 Charities

Register for our next Lunchtime Webinar series event. In this webinar we'll be talking about the Statement of Cash Flows for Tiers 1-3 Charities.

Blog post - 6 April 2017

Exchange and Non-Exchange Revenue (Part 3) – Disclosures

Lunchtime webinar series

Charities Services kicks off its Lunchtime Webinar Series this year. Each month, we'll deliver a topic of interest to charities with a focus initially

Blog Post - 15 March 2017

Exchange and Non-Exchange Revenue (Part 2) – When to recognise it

Charities Services is now on Facebook!

We can now we keep you up to date with information of interest to registered charities and the not-for-profit sector through our Facebook page.

Blog post - 27 February 2017

Exchange or Non-Exchange – which is it?

Responses to questions from the Annual Meeting

Charities Services received a number of questions before and during the Annual Meeting. We have provided detailed responses.

10 years of the Charities Register

Today marks 10 years since the first charity was registered in New Zealand!

Blog post - 30 January 2017

Debunking deregistration myths with data

Legal Decision - Kiwis Against Seabed Mining Incorporated

The independent Charities Registration Board decided that Kiwis Against Seabed Mining Incorporated does not meet registration requirements.

Blog post - 21 December 2016

Accounting and Auditing Fees

Registered Charities Helping Earthquake Struck Areas

View our list of registered charities contributing to the recent earthquake relief efforts in Kaikoura and other regions.

Blog post - 6 December 2016

How the Charities Registration Board makes decisions

New Annual Reporting Guides for Tier 3 and Tier 4 Charities

Two new Guides on how to report annually to Charities Services for Tier 3 and Tier 4 charities have been published.

Charities Services Phone Line (0508 242 748) Limited Service

Our help desk 0508 CHARITIES (0508 242 748) is now running but with limited service.

Blog post - 27 October 2016

The Charities Register - Getting the big picture

Charities Services Annual Meeting

Representatives of registered charities are warmly invited to our Annual Meeting to be held on 14 November 2016.

Ready Set Go Workshops - Wellington Region

Charities Services, along with your local Community Operations funding advisors, are offering a practical three hour workshop for treasurers of Tier 3

Blog post - 18 October 2016

When can Tier 3 entities apply Tier 2 standards for certain transactions?

Blog post - 6 October 2016

Being political and charitable

Blog post - 30 September 2016

Cash Flow Statement – Mystery or Just Mathematics?

Blog post - 14 September 2016

Charity Reporting – The Bigger Picture

Legal Decision - Society for the Protection of Auckland Harbours

The independent Charities Registration Board decided that the Society for the Protection of Auckland Harbours does not meet registration requirements.

Blog post - 2 September 2016

Conflicts of interest and the consequences when they lead to private benefit

Blog post - 26 August 2016

Conflicts of Interest and Registering as a Charity

Blog post - 16 August 2016

Conflicts of Interest and Making Decisions

Blog post - 10 August 2016

What is a Statement of Service Performance (SSP)?

Blog post - 5 August 2016

Annual Reporting Timeline

News Alert - 7 July 2016

Read our News Alert that clarifies the details of the Charities Amendment Bill.

Blog post - 26 July 2016

To audit or not to audit – that is the question…

Blog post - 18 July 2016

Let’s Talk About Tech

Blog post - 11 July 2016

Categories in the Performance Report – What about Grants?

Blog post - 5 July 2016

Consolidation and Registering as a Group

Blog post - 28 June 2016

Tier 4 Microsoft Excel Template – Trouble Shooting

Blog post - 20 June 2016

The new reporting standards are here and yes, they do affect your charity!

Press release

Charity volunteers much appreciated

New Charities Services Blog

Charities Services has launched a new blog. The blog will cover current topics of interest to charities.

Updated Annual Return now live

The Annual Return has now been updated to broadly align with the New Reporting Standards

Financial Markets Authority consultation

Should charities issuing debt securities be subject to standard Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMC Act) obligations?

New statutory audit and review requirements

Recent changes to the Charities Act 2005 create statutory audit and review requirements for medium and large Registered Charities from 1 April 2015.

Charitable purpose and political activity (updated)

Guidance on this website has been updated to reflect a recent decision by the Supreme Court about charitable purpose.