Medical Assurance Society Members' Trust (Exemption from Perpetuities) Act 1997

Reprint as at 2 October 1997

Medical Assurance Society Members' Trust (Exemption from Perpetuities) Act 1997

Private Act1997 No 3
Date of assent1 October 1997
Commencement1 October 1997


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

An Act to exempt the Medical Assurance Society Members’ Trust from the rule of law known as the rule against perpetuities (also known as the rule against remoteness of vesting)

  • Preamble


    • A Medical Assurance Society New Zealand Limited (the Society) was established in 1921 by a group of medical practitioners for the purpose of providing insurance cover for the Society’s members and was then incorporated as a company limited by guarantee without a share capital:

    • B subsequently, in order to comply with a requirement that insurance companies have a share capital of at least $100,000, a single share was issued by the Society to The Medical Association of New Zealand for $100,000 to be held by it upon trust and the guarantee by members of the Society’s liabilities was limited to $100 for each member:

    • C the structure of the Society has created the ethos of a mutual association untrammelled by the need to satisfy shareholders seeking a return on their investment:

    • D under the Companies Reregistration Act 1993 the Society is required to reregister as a company with shareholders and is not able to continue its present structure:

    • E in order to continue, after registering under the Companies Act 1993, as closely as possible the existing ethos of the Society, its members unanimously resolved in 1995 to establish the Medical Assurance Society Members’ Trust (the Trust) and for the Society to issue to the Trust shares in the Society:

    • F the Trust now holds all the shares in the Society and the persons who were formerly members of the Society are now both members and beneficiaries of the Trust:

    • G under the rule of the law known as the rule against perpetuities, and also known as the rule against remoteness of vesting, the Trust, if it is not to infringe that rule, must be wound up and its assets distributed within the perpetuities period (80 years):

    • H the restrictions imposed by the rule against perpetuities did not apply when membership was directly in the Society:

    • I in order to remain free of those restrictions, the trustees of the Trust wish to have the Trust exempted from the rule against perpetuities:

    • J the objects of this Act cannot be attained otherwise than by legislation.