Calling a General Meeting of a Society

The public notices column of a daily newspaper is not the usual place from which to draw inspiration, but a newspaper some years ago provided food for thought about calling general meetings of members of societies. Examples of general meeting notices There were seven such notices in that newspaper – can you spot any problems […]

A New Incorporated Societies Act – Guide for Societies

These notes, prepared by Mark von Dadelszen, provide an overview of the more significant elements of the proposals to replace the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. New and existing societies should be proactive in anticipating the reforms when adopting or revising constitutions. An Exposure Draft Bill was produced in 2015, and a Bill was introduced in […]

Governing Charitable Trusts and Charitable Societies

Background This article seeks, briefly, to help trustees of a charitable trust or committee members of a charitable society governing the charity more readily to understand the obligations they assume when appointed or elected (and those governing general incorporated societies have similar duties).  Before doing so it may be helpful to explain the differences between […]

Health and Safety Issues and Not-for-Profits

There is a world of difference between operating an underground coal mine and governing a not-for-profit community organisation, but the two are now connected, even if that may not be immediately obvious.  The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 was passed in large part because of the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster, and this […]

NFP Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism

Risks relating to Money Laundering or Financing of Terrorism  The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT) is intended to prevent money-laundering by criminals and the financing of terrorism.  Societies and charitable trusts (“not-for-profits”) and those providing them with services (such as legal, accounting and banking) are affected by this legislation: The […]