Legal Stuff

Every person and community group needs to operate within NZ law. How well do you know your individual and group legal responsibilities?

Whether you are unsure, want to stay up to date, or need to know more, use this information to find out.

Charities Services

Charities Services, a Department of Internal Affairs, carries out the registration, education and monitoring of charities. Visit here if you are thinking of registering or establishing a charitable trust, or need to ensure you are operating to NZ law or best practice.

Worksafe NZ

WorkSafe NZ provides a wide range of information, templates and guidance about health and safety in the workplace and information relating to volunteers and volunteering. Below are links to a selection of the information available on the WorkSafe NZ website

Information for volunteers   Information for officers who are volunteers   Information for PCBUs that engage volunteers    Volunteers (fact sheet)    Volunteers at a Marae (fact sheet)    Volunteers - Maori volunteers (fact sheet)  

Societies and Trusts - Companies Office

The government agency responsible for administering corporate body registers, including the Societies and Trusts Register and the Companies Register.

Community Law

Community Law offers free legal help throughout Aotearoa. Visit here to find information and resources and find contacts for your local center.

Creative Commons Aotearoa

Creative Commons Aotearoa are a non-profit organisation that help people share their copyright works for reuse by others. Creative Commons licences enable copyright holders to allow reuse of their works by giving everyone a range of permissions in advance. 

Inland Revenue - Non-Profit Organsiations

Visit this easy to navigate Inland Revenue site to find out about your responsibilities for volunteer, paid or contracted staff members; GST and income tax, keeping records and filing returns; receiving donations, grants, funding and donation and so much more.

New Zealand Legislation

Public access to up-to-date New Zealand legislation including Acts of Parliament, Legislative Instruments (regulations), Bills, and Supplementary Order Papers.