Preparing 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.

Once you have prepared everything you need to apply go to our Ready to apply page to find out how to being the application process.

Charitable purpose/Take atawhai
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 the following information.

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