We are honoured to offer this site to provide co-operative support to Not for Profit (non-profit) organisations and charities in New Zealand and those considering establishing such bodies.

The charity (non-profit) sector in NZ is vibrant, diverse and active but it is a time of change. The advent of the Charities Commission (now Charities Services, a part of  the Department of Internal Affairs) in 2005 lead to much discussion about not-for-profit organisations and a surge of registrations to become a NZ Registered Charity. The recent introduction of accounting standards by the XRB has recently generated considerable discussion and interest and the draft Bill to amend the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 has recently been released for discussion and submission.

We do not publish a newsletter but if you wish to be advised when new content is added to this site, you may care to  register (free) at www.watchthatpage.com. NZARC , however, publishes a regular and useful newsletter for non-profits.


We receive a number of requests for information about non-profit organisations and charities in New Zealand and their organisation etc.

In the hope that it may assist, we provide a number of FAQs (found at right under ‘Posts’ or ‘Archives’)  based upon our experience. We wish to stress that not-for-profit.org.nz cannot accept any responsibility for any information provided here. This information is provided in good faith and any errors or omissions are regretted. Please let us know of any errors you find.

As the government information pages change frequently there may be errors in some links. Please advise the webmaster of any mistakes or dead links you note in these pages.

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NZ Charities in the News 

Donation buckets getting hard to fill

Charities Services say “We’re putting the record straight”

1000 Charities De-registered for failing to file Annual Returns

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