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Charities Services Supporting charities in New Zealand for stronger communities

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Freephone 0508 242 748
Physical Address
120 Victoria Street
Wellington Central 6011
Postal Address
PO Box 30112
Lower Hutt 5040

Charities Services, formerly known as the Charities Commission, was established by the Charities Act 2005. Its responsibilities include:

  • maintaining and monitoring a register of charities
  • receiving annual returns and monitoring the activities of charities
  • promoting public trust in charitable organisations
  • providing education and assistance to the charitable sector
  • encouraging best practice in governance and use of resources
  • providing advice on matters relating to charities.

Charities Services is a division of the Department of Internal Affairs and has an independent three-person Board to make decisions about registering or deregistering charities.