Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Greens back bringing incorporated societies law up-to-date

21 August 2013

Greens back bringing incorporated societies law up-to-date

The Law Commission’s recommendations to update laws governing incorporated societies needs to be advanced by the Government, Green Party community and voluntary sector spokesperson Denise Roche said today.

The Incorporated Societies Act 1908 has rarely been amended since its enactment. The Law Commission has just released a report looking at ways to bring this legislation up to date.

“The law that governs incorporated societies is terribly outdated,” Ms Roche said today.

“The Green Party welcomes the Law Commission’s recommendations that will bring this early 20th Century legislation into the 21st century.

“If enacted, the recommendations from the Law Commission will ensure incorporated societies have clear rules and guidelines that will promote transparency and accountability.

“Given these organisations receive large amounts of money through donations, grants and funding contracts it is essential that New Zealand has clear, concise legislation governing this sector,” Ms Roche said.

“Incorporated societies are an important part of the not-for-profit and community and voluntary sector which contributes nearly 5% of New Zealand’s GDP.

“These organisations are significant players in our economy and the sector needs legislation that works for the digital age rather than laws made prior to the sinking of the Titanic,” Ms Roche said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The RWC, And The Op Burnham Inquiry

Testimony was given that damning evidence had been culpably ignored, lost or (deliberately?) mislaid. The systems for handling secret material from our allies were – to be charitable – only loosely observed.

Moreover… vital evidence was only belatedly made available to the inquiry, and former NZDF officers later found to be central to the events under scrutiny were strangely missing from the original witness list offered by NZDF. In short, last week’s cross-examination of the military’s former top brass demonstrated in detail that the NZDF had consistently misled its Ministers (and the wider public) for years, over the impact of our military activities in Afghanistan. More>>


Guns, Lobbying: National Has Wish List For Arms Bill

National has today outlined the 13 changes we want to see in the second tranche of gun reforms before considering our support, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. More>>


Call For Action On Expert Panel Report: Welfare System Needs Urgent Change

If we want New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child, the Government needs to increase benefits, remove sanctions, individualise benefits, and fix abatement rates now, says Child Poverty Action Group and ActionStation . More>>


First Data Releases: Mixed External Report On Census Fail Mitigation

The panel endorses the statistical approaches used to mitigate non-response... However, the unprecedented use of alternative government datasets to augment census data raises questions around ethics, social licence, cultural licence, and Māori data sovereignty. More>>


Aitches: Manawatū-Whanganui Region Spelling Corrected

The Manawatu-Wanganui Region will in future be correctly spelt Manawatū-Whanganui Region. The change also means the regional council will be known as the Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Council. Horizons Regional Council is the trading name for the council. More>>

PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>


Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>


Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>


Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>





InfoPages News Channels