Incorporated Societies Act 1908

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Reprint as at 7 July 2010

Incorporated Societies Act 1908

Public Act1908 No 212
Date of assent15 September 1908


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

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

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Economic Development.



1 Short Title

2 Repeal

3 Interpretation

4 Incorporated societies

5 Pecuniary gain

6 Rules of incorporated societies

7 How to apply for incorporation

8 Steps that Registrar must take if satisfied that requirements met

9 Certificate of incorporation to be conclusive evidence of registration

10 Upon issue of certificate members to be a body corporate

11 Name of society not to be the same as the name of another society or body corporate

11A Change of name

12 Appeal from Registrar to High Court [Repealed]

13 No liability on members for obligation of society

14 Members to have no right to property of society

15 Contracts by society

16 Service of summons, etc, on society

17 Security for costs where society is plaintiff

18 Registered office

19 Restriction of operations of society

20 Society not to engage in operations involving pecuniary gain

21 Alteration of rules

22 Register of members

23 Annual financial statement

23A Power to compromise with creditors and members

23B Information as to compromises with creditors and members

24 Members may resolve to put society into liquidation

25 High Court may put society into liquidation

26 Application to Court to appoint liquidator

27 Division of surplus assets on winding up

28 Dissolution by Registrar

29 Corporate body may become member of society

30 Pecuniary gain received by member of such corporate body

31 Corporate body to be equivalent to 3 members

32 Registrar

33 Registrar to keep register of incorporated societies

34 Inspection of documents

34A Powers of inspection of Registrar

34B Appeals from decisions of Registrar

35 Exemption from stamp duty [Repealed]

36 Regulations

Schedule 1
Application for incorporation

Schedule 2
Table of fees payable to the Registrar.


Reprint notes

An Act to make provision for the incorporation of societies which are not established for the purpose of pecuniary gain