2019 New Zealand CLAANZ Conference

Future prospects for charity law, accounting, and regulation: A conference hosted by the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand(external link) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand(external link), and supported by Charities Services.


Building on the success of 2018, this multi-disciplinary conference covered legal, accounting and related practical issues associated with the charitable sector, and aimed to:

  • Inform and educate on important topics for charities
  • Strengthen links, contacts and collaboration within the sector community
  • Share lessons learnt and best practice that have worked for others, within New Zealand and beyond
  • Stimulate discussion and input into the review of the Charities Act 2005.


The hosts brought together a wide range of voices and perspectives to consider the issues before us all. This conference provided opportunities for rich conversation on the review of the Charities Act and what the framework of charity law should look like in the future.

Among the speakers were leading figures from New Zealand and overseas, including: the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Hon Peeni Henare, Professor Matthew Harding from the University of Melbourne and chair of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, Dr Oonagh Breen, Professor of Law, University College Dublin, Donna Flavell, CEO Waikato Tainui, Justice Joe Williams, speakers from Charities Services, and leading academics and practitioners from New Zealand and overseas.

You can view videos, photos and presentations from the conference on the CLAANZ website(external link).