Incorporated Societies Act 2022 - Update

29 April 2022

The new Incorporated Societies Act 2022 was signed into law on 5 April 2022. The 2022 Act replaces the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.

It has been great to see some Clubs already looking to update their constitutions and get the ball rolling.  

Unfortunately after a 114 year wait, we may have to just wait a bit more. The regulations that relate to the new bill have not yet been drafted or approved, as these will have an effect on what may be required within new constitutions we advise to just hold tight at this stage.

With the 2022 Act coming into force, all existing incorporated societies will be required to re-register with the Registrar of Incorporated Societies by the later of 1 December 2025 and the date that is two years and six months after the commencement of certain transitional provisions contained in the 2022 Act.

That means you have a transitional period of approximately three and half years to review your constitutions and reregister with the Registrar of Incorporated Societies.

Be assured that Clubs New Zealand is utilising professional advice in actively developing:

  • A new draft constitution (that could be adopted in entirety)
  • Templates for judicial procedures, codes of conduct and standardised associated documentation.
  • Fact sheets and resources
  • Updated Governance Training modules

We appreciate it’s been a long time in coming, but it’s best to hold out until we have all the details so that we get it right the first time.

If you do have any questions, comments or feedback please touch base with National Office on 0800 425 827.

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