Need to know to register

These pages outline what you will need to prepare before you register, such as your charitable purpose, your rules document and your officer information.

Charitable purpose

If you decide to apply to register as a charity, you will hear a lot about a legal concept called ‘charitable purpose’. Many organisations have worthy goals but Charities Services can only register an organisation when we are confident that it has exclusively charitable purpose and is for the public benefit. 

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The name of your organisation

To be registered under the Charities Act 2005, your charity's name must meet the requirements of the Act.

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Charitable purpose and your rules

Your rules are the documents that set out your charity's purposes, what you do and how you operate.  For example, they may be your trust deed, constitution or charter. If your organisation was specifically set up under an Act of Parliament, your rules may be set out in that Act.

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Officer information

To be registered with Charities Services, your organisation must ensure that each of its officers is qualified to be an officer under the Charities Act 2005.

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Registering a marae on a Māori reservation as a charity

If your marae is on a Māori reservation and you would like to apply to become a registered charity, please provide us with the following information.

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