Charities in New Zealand

The Charities Register

All Registered Charities in New Zealand appear on the Charities Register. The Register summarises each charity’s purposes, activities, sector and includes their Annual Return – a yearly report which details their income, expenditure and activities. 

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Donating

It's generally best to donate or volunteer for charities that you both already know and trust, or those you have researched and in which you have confidence. You might like to start your research by looking at the Charities Register.

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In order to foster the confidence of the sector and the public in our decision-making under the Charities Act 2005, we publish registration decisions made by the Charities Registration Board on our website.  We also publish court judgments under the Charities Act 2005 to our website as soon as possible after we receive them.

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The Charities Act 2005

The Charities Act 2005 ("the Act") established the Charities Commission. The Commission was charged with the responsibility of administering the Act and the registration of charitable entities began on 1 February 2007, when the Charities Register (“the Register”) was opened. 

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Making a complaint

Charities Services may inquire into anyone alleged to be engaged in conduct that is in breach of the Charities Act 2005 or serious wrongdoing in connection with a Registered Charity.

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About Charities Services

We promote public trust and confidence in the charitable sector and encourage the effective use of charitable resources.

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Public trust and confidence in charities

Since 2008 biennial surveys have been conducted on public trust and confidence in charities. In April 2014 the fourth iteration of this survey was conducted with 2,722 respondents participating. The survey was undertaken on behalf of Charities Services by Horizon Research.

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