Legal Stuff

Every person and community group needs to operate within New Zealand law. How well do you know your individual and group legal responsibilities?  Do you need to check your groups legal status?  Whether you are unsure, want to stay up to date, or need to know more, use this information to find out.


Charitable Trusts Information & Register

All you need to know to start and operate a charitable trust within current legislation. Here you can search the register, find lots of useful information and some incredibly useful tools and templates.

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Incorporated Societies Information & Register

All you need to know to start and run and incorporated society within the Act. You can also find out the changes to the act since and what that means for your organisation. You can search the register, find lots of useful information and some incredibly useful tools and templates.

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Charities Services Information & Register

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 New Zealand law or best practice.

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Māori Land Court

Haere mai rā e te moko tangata, koutou ngā wehi o te whenua.
Hokahōkai ana ō waewae ki te pakirau o tēnei whare, awhe mai ana ki te hau kainga, ki te pou herenga tangata, ki te pou herenga whenua, ki te pou whare kōrero, ki te pae o Te Kooti e.
Ka tūwhera Te Kooti!

If you own or have an interest in Māori land, the Māori Land Court is a judicial forum through which you can interact with other owners or interested people about the current and future use, ownership, occupation and/or management of Māori land.

Click Here for the Māori Reservations Guide  

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Community Law

Community Law

Community Law offers free legal help throughout Aotearoa. Visit here to find information, resources and details of your nearest community law office. 

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Worksafe New Zealand - Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa

WorkSafe New Zealand provides a wide range of information, templates and guidance about health and safety in the workplace and information relating to volunteers and volunteering.

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Privacy Commissioner - Te Mana Matapono Matatapu

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner works to develop and promote a culture in which personal information is protected and respected.  They have  a wide range of functions. Some of these include investigating complaints about breaches of privacy, raising public awareness, and examining proposed legislation and how it may affect individual privacy.     

click here  to access series of FREE eLearning modules

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Inland Revenue - Non-Profit Organisation- Te Tari Taake - Ngā kaupapa huamoni-kore

Here you will find all the information you require regarding your tax responsibilities and if required how to register with IRD

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Creative Commons

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. 

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Tool Kit

Community Toolkit - Legal info & resources for community organisations

The Community Toolkit is a practical legal resource designed to support organisations working in the community (not-for-profit) sector. It’s aimed at those who:

  • are planning to set up a new community group, or
  • are reviewing how their existing community group is structured and organised, or
  • are involved in managing an existing community group and want information about their group’s legal powers and obligations.
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New Zealand Law

Parliamentary Counsel Office - Te Tari Tohutohu Paremata is where you will find public access to up-to-date New Zealand legislation including Acts of Parliament, Legislative Instruments (regulations), Bills, and Supplementary Order Papers.

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