The Incorporated Societies Act 2022 received Royal Assent on 5 April 2022 and came into force on 6 April. It will replace the 1908 legislation.
The provisions of the Act come into force at various times. We asked Steven Moe of ParryField Lawyers if he could explain. His response:
” I agree it is confusing!
… The 1908 Act is still in force, with the 2022 Act coming into force in stages up until the transition date (either 1 December 2025 or 2.5 years after clause 4 commences, whichever is later).
An application for the incorporation of a society under the 1908 Act may not be made after the commencement of clause 4 of schedule 1 of the Incorporated Societies Act 2022. This clause will commence anytime between now and 5th October 2023 per section 2 of the 2022 Act.
We therefore recommend registering [ie with a Constitution reflecting the requirements of the 2022 Act but with 15 members – Ed] as if the 2022 Act applies so that the society’s rules do not need to be updated again to comply with the 2022 Act.”
Main changes when fully enacted:
- 10 Members required to incorporate (previously 15)
- Membership of 10 must be maintained (no previous requirement)
- A body corporate which is a member of an Incorporated Society will be treated as the equivalent of 3 members “in some cases”.
- A society must have a committee consisting of at least 3 members
- A Membership Register must be maintained. The minimum data to be included is specified.
- Annual Financial accounts must contain specified information
- An Annual Return is required in a manner specified in regulations (unless the society is also a registered NZ Charity in which the requirements of the Charities Act 2005 take precedence)
- Every Society must have at least one nominated contact person
- Existing societies remain liable to the 1908 Act until re-registering under the 2022 Act or 1 Dec 2025 (the later of 1 December 2025 or 2.5 years after clause 4 commences.)
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