Charities Registration Board/Te Rātā Atawhai
Te Rāta Atawhai, the Charities Registration Board, is an independent three-person body which makes decisions about registering or deregistering charities.
In practice, most decisions are made by Charities Services acting under formal delegation and guidance from the Board. However, the Board always deals with more complex or novel cases and those where organisations disagree with Charities Services’ decisions.
Roger Holmes Miller
Roger Holmes Miller has been Chair of Te Rātā Atawhai (the Charities Registration Board) since its inception in 2012. He is a barrister and solicitor, and notary public, practising on his own account as RHM Law. Previously he was founding partner of the law firm Maude & Miller from which he retired in 2019 after almost 30 years. He specialises in commercial and trust law, governance, acquisitions and mergers. Roger is a Fellow of the NZ Trustees Association and a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Notaries. He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Roger is currently Chair of the Performing Arts Foundation of Wellington, a trustee of the Pataka Foundation and has been a director/trustee of numerous commercial, community and charitable entities.
Dr Bev Gatenby currently works as a consultant, a facilitator and a coach. She has recently conducted a review of the Hamilton City Council’s community development strategy; has undertaken governance reviews and facilitated strategic planning for a range of charities; and coached managers in the philanthropic and community sectors and local government. Bev was the Chief Executive of Trust Waikato between 2006 and 2016, and is currently a member of the Leadership Group for the Waikato Plan. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and has held a range of local, regional and national governance roles. She was appointed to the Charities Registration Board for a three year period on 1 July 2018.
Gwen Keel is an experienced commercial lawyer and not-for-profit governance and management specialist. She works as a legal advisor within the post-settlement governance entity for the Waikato iwi, commonly known as Waikato-Tainui. The Waikato iwi comprises more than 76,000 registered members connected to 33 hapuu and represented by 68 marae. Throughout her career Gwen has acquired significant experience in the not-for-profit sector, acting for many "household name" charities and sporting groups, and having been consistently involved in the charitable sector as a director, committee member, and volunteer. Gwen has a particular interest in kaupapa Māori charities and the broader involvement of Māori in the charitable sector. Gwen is a member of the Institute of Directors and was appointed to the Charities Registration Board on 9 December 2019 for a three-year period.
For more information about how the Charities Registration Board works with Charities Services, see the blog post published on the subject.
To view the decisions made by the Charities Registration Board, see our legal decisions page.