Registered Charities

  • Get the picture

  • The Department of Internal Affairs carries out the registration, education and monitoring of charities.

    A three-person Board makes independent decisions about registering or deregistering charities. For more, see our FAQs

  • Supporting communities


    The Department has developed a series of videos to ensure that communities have a better understanding of the services available.

    See the videos

  • Non-filing of Annual Returns


    Annual Returns are a key way charities remain accountable and transparent to the public.

    Early in the New Year, Charities Services will be contacting charities who have not filed multiple Annual Returns. 

    Read more

  • Charity Law in New Zealand


    By Dr Donald Poirier

    This comprehensive book provides an up-to-date analysis of charity law in this country. Read More

  • Get involved in COGS and make a difference

    Nominations for Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Committee members are now open. They close on 14 March 2014.

    Read more

  • Business and charities helping one another – and the community

    Practical information and tools to help businesses and charities in partnership together


  • Charities to become more transparent

    On or after 1 April 2015, charities with expenditure greater than $500,000 must have their financial statements reviewed by a qualified accountant, and charities with expenditure of $1 million or more must have theirs audited.

    Charities with lower expenditure can opt in to either a review or an audit, if they wish.

     Read the news release