Posts Tagged ‘Charities Commission’

Government takes Family First to Supreme Court

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
charitable status

Family First and the New Zealand Government are arguing over the group’s charitable status at the Supreme Court in Wellington this week. The Government is appealing a recent Court of Appeal decision which upheld Family First as a charity. Bob McCoskrie, Family First’s National Director says the case is not about his group. “The attempt Read more

Churches receive money from wage subsidy scheme

Thursday, April 16th, 2020
wage subsidy

Entities that are registered charities are eligible to receive money from the government’s seven billion dollar wage subsidy scheme. Stuff reports that churches in New Zealand have received “more than $1.5 million”. Among other Catholic entities that have received money, the Catholic Diocese of Auckland received $618,338 for 94 staff. The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton Read more

Destiny Church charities status reinstated

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Two charities under Destiny Church have been allowed to operate again, including having tax exemptions, after earlier having their charitable status removed. The High Court on Tuesday ordered that both charities – the Destiny International Trust and Te Hāhi o Ngā Mātāmua Holdings – be reinstated their charitable status. They were taken off the Charities Read more

Ampleforth Abbey: School’s welfare responsibilities canned

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Ampleforth Abbey has lost its responsibility for managing pupil welfare. The UK Charities Commission said the Abbey had lost its pupil welfare responsibilities “as a result of continued concerns about the extent to which current safeguarding risks to pupils at the schools run by the [Ampleforth] charities are being adequately managed”. The Charities Commission is Read more

Charities Services considers new approach with Destiny Church

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

According to Department of Internal Affairs documents, a total of 15 Destiny Church-associated charities have been sent 49 notices over the last two years – which include reminders to file annual returns and also overdue notices. Department of Internal Affairs Spokesperson Steve Corbett said the are now considering whether there is a need to change Read more

Charities deregister over ‘jolly complicated’ rules

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Funding consultant Thea Mickell said dozens of charities had told her they could not afford the increased cost of meeting the reporting requirement of New Zealand’s Charities Committee “One of the groups we work with, their annual audit fee would’ve been $3000 to $4000 and this year it leapt up to $9000.” Ms Mickell said Read more

Many Charities overwhelmed by new reporting standards

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
reporting standards

Many charities, particularly smaller ones, are being stressed and overwhelmed by the reporting standards introduced in 2015 says a charity law specialist Sue Barker. Last year an audit of about 1000 charities over six months by the Department of Internal Affairs has found only 59 percent have complied. In a RNZ report last year Barker Read more

Charities regulator risks becoming censor

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Charities Services has confirmed it will analyse the Destiny Church’s tax-free status and see if its guilty of breaching the Charities Act. If anything is uncovered a full investigation will then be carried out. But stripping Destiny Church of its charity status risks turning Charities Services into a censor, a charity law expert says. To Read more

Charity sector facing death by a thousand cuts

Friday, August 19th, 2016

An amendment before parliament  “represents another slice at a community sector that is facing death by a thousand cuts.” says Marianne Elliott co-founder of independent charity advocacy group, Action Station. “If each of these changes is small enough, they can each fly below the radar, and happen without public scrutiny, ” she says. The amendment Read more

Charities Services continues efforts to deregister Family First

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Family First NZ has received notification that Charities Services, previously called the Charities Commission, intends to continue its attempts to deregister the charity. Family First is appealing the decision and it will be heard in the High Court at Wellington early next year. The group was advised in 2013 the Charities Commission intended to deregister the Read more