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Charities Act to be reviewed

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The Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector has launched a “comprehensive” review of the Charities Act 2005.

The purpose of the review is to ensure that the Act is effective and fit for purpose. The legislative review will focus on substantive issues arising under the Act, while recognising and building on the Act’s strengths.

The Department of Internal Affairs is leading the review process, working closely alongside a Core Reference Group of representatives from the charity sector.

The Charities Act 2005 regulates more than 27,000 charities in New Zealand, and as it has been in place for more than a decade it is now time to see if it’s fit for purpose,” the minister, Peeni Henare, says.

“A lot has changed in the charities sector, and it is important to make sure that the Act is still working well for all those who operate within it. This is a great opportunity to take a look at the legislation that guides charities.”

The terms of reference, which were approved by Cabinet earlier this week, define the structure and scope of the review.

“The review will cover many substantive issues. The extent to which charities can advocate for their causes, and ways to appeal the regulator’s decisions, all need looking at,” says Mr Henare.

Public consultation will occur later this year.