Reprint as at 30 January 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Charitable Trusts Act 1957

Public Act
1957 No 18
Date of assent
4 October 1957
see section 1(2)

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


1Short Title and commencement
2APrincipal Act to bind the Crown
3Property to vest in trustees or their successors
4Evidence of appointment of trustees
5Transfer of properties
7Trustees may apply for incorporation
8Society may apply for incorporation
9Manner in which society may authorise application
10Applications for incorporation
11Registration of boards
12Evidence of incorporation
13Effect of incorporation
14Vesting of property
15Name of board
16Change of name
17Right to appeal to court
18Service on a board
19Form of contracts
20Presumption of validity of acts of trustees, etc
21Powers in respect of property
22Power to incorporate for charitable purposes under other Acts
23New trusts, and alterations of rules, trusts, or registered office
24Voluntary liquidation of society as a board
25Liquidation of a board by court
25ACOVID-19 business debt hibernation may apply
26Dissolution by Registrar
26ARegistrar may inquire whether board still carrying on operations
27Distribution of surplus assets
28Register of boards and seal of Registrar
29Inspection, production, and evidence of documents kept by Registrar
30Exemption from fees
32Property may be disposed of for other charitable purposes
33Extension of powers or alteration of mode of administration of trust
34Trustees may prepare a scheme
35Scheme to be laid before Attorney-General
36Scheme to be advertised
37Opposition to scheme
38Meaning of term charitable purpose in this Part
39Funds to which this Part applies
40Property may be disposed of for other charitable purposes
41Extension of powers or alteration of mode of administration of trust
42Contributor or money holder may proceed under this Part
43Convening meeting of contributors
44Subsequent advertisement or notice of other newly proposed purpose
45Proceedings at meetings
46Scheme committee
47Scheme, etc, to be laid before the Attorney-General
48Powers and duties of Attorney-General
49Contributor may get back money before date fixed for first meeting of contributors
50Attorney-General or court may dispense with meeting of contributors
51Administration of schemes
52Expenses of scheme
53Jurisdiction of court in respect of schemes
54Approval of scheme or refusal by court to approve scheme to be gazetted
55Power to waive non-compliance with procedural requirements
56Restrictions on approval of schemes
57No fee payable to Registrar
58Inquiries into condition and management of charities
59Holder of property to transfer it in accordance with scheme
60Proceedings to enforce or vary charitable trust or to require a new scheme
61Alteration of rules of society or corporation not to affect existing trusts
61ATrusts for recreational and similar purposes
61BInclusion of non-charitable and invalid purposes not to invalidate a trust
63Repeals, amendment, and savings
Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend certain enactments of the Parliament of New Zealand relating to charitable trusts

Title: amended, on 1 January 1987, pursuant to section 29(2) of the Constitution Act 1986 (1986 No 114).