Charities Amendment Act 2017

1 Title

This Act is the Charities Amendment Act 2017.

2 Commencement

This Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

3 Principal Act

This Act amends the Charities Act 2005 (the principal Act).

4 Section 16 amended (Qualifications of officers of charitable entities)

Replace section 16(2)(c) with:


an individual who, or a body corporate that, has been convicted of either of the following and has been sentenced for the offence within the last 7 years:


a crime involving dishonesty (within the meaning of section 2(1) of the Crimes Act 1961):


an offence under section 143B of the Tax Administration Act 1994:

5 Section 18 amended (Chief executive to consider application)


In section 18(2), after “documentation”, insert “within 20 working days after the date of the request”.


In section 18(3)(c)(ii), replace “a reasonable opportunity” with “20 working days after the date of that notice”.


After section 18(3), insert:


An application is to be treated as withdrawn if an applicant fails to adequately respond to a request under subsection (2) or to make submissions to the chief executive on a matter in a notice given under subsection (3)(c) within—


20 working days after the date of the request or notice; or


a longer period that the chief executive allows at the request of the applicant.

6 Section 60 amended (High Court may make interim order pending determination of appeal)

In section 60(3), replace “chief executive” with “Board”.

Legislative history

15 June 2016

Divided from Statutes Amendment Bill (Bill 71–1) by Government Administration Committee

22 September 2016

Reported from Government Administration Committee

(Bill 71–2B)

2 November 2016

Second reading

15 November 2016

Committee of the whole House

7 February 2017

Third reading

13 February 2017

Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.