Open data

The open data service is intended to be used by software developers who wish to write applications making use of the data from the Charities Register. The service should not be used by users simply looking to access information about charities.

Limitation on the use of email addresses

The publication of email addresses on the Charities Register does not constitute deemed consent for the purposes of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 (external link)  (which prohibits spam, or unsolicited commercial electronic messages). 

You must not use this search function or the Charities Register to obtain email addresses of charities for the purposes of marketing or promoting goods or services, even where those goods or services are provided for free or at a reduced price. For more information, visit the Department of Internal Affair’s anti-spam webpages. (external link)

Using Open Data

A search interface allowing anyone access to the same data is available using the Search the Register function which includes an Advanced search.

Data Dictionary [CSV, 31 KB] and Entity Relationship Diagram [JPG, 512 KB] are available for download to support the use of open data.

New to mixing and mashing?

Take a look at the beginners’ guide to data mashups (external link) .

It's an online tutorial that will introduce you to getting started with an API, take you on a tour of the Charities Register API, and show you how to build your own mashup, by following an example.

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Use of this data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand License (external link) .