There are over 23,000 Incorporated Societies in NZ, all of which are governed by the Incorporated Societies Act 1908, an Act which has remained virtually unchanged since its inception over a century ago.

Over the years, areas where the 1908 Act is lacking in guidance have been identified and in 2010 the Law Commission commenced a review of the Act. In their report published in 2013, they recommended the 1908 Act be replaced with a new, more comprehensive Act, and in December 2013, the Government agreed.

Since then MBIE has been working on a draft bill in which is now available to view and on which they are asking for submissions on.

View the Incorporated Societies Draft Bill here 

The NZARC Trustees have reviewed the Draft Bill and have put together with the assistance of the New Zealand Trustees Asociation a submission which you can read here.

If you would like to make a submission on behalf of your organisation and would like help drafting one, please contact us at

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