Here you will find news articles and updates relevant to the club industry. Please note that circulars are only visible to club representatives that are logged into the Clubs New Zealand website.

Incorporated Societies Bill receives Royal Assent

6 April 2022

As expected the Incorporated Societies Bill has powered through the final stages of the process and received Royal Assent on 5th March 2022 to become the Incorporated Societies Act 2022. 

The good news is you need not panic, for a society that is already incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 you will continue to be subject to the 1908 Act until you reregister as a society under the 2022 Act or until the transition date, which is the later of 1 December 2025; or the date that is 2 years and 6 months after the commencement of clause 4.

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Club input into the DIAs Reducing Pokies Harm Consultation

31 March 2022

The Department of Internal Affairs is currently calling for submissions on its discussion document "Reducing Pokies Harm" with the aim to strengthen regulations (rules) to minimise harm from Class 4 Gambling in New Zealand.

Clubs New Zealand is preparing a submission as well as guidance for clubs to be able to make their own submissions and we hope to have these available soon.

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New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme

25 March 2022

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, an estimated 100,000 New Zealanders per annum are made redundant or have to stop working due to a health condition or disability. No doubt this situation has been exacerbated by many factors beyond the scope of this article. However, the implications of the Canterbury Earthquakes, a global pandemic over the last two years, and more recently the war in Ukraine, may be relevant.

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Online Voting Options

25 March 2022

Whether its just to give better voting access to more of your members, or to increase your voter turnout, many clubs are considering online solutions for committee voting.  Leigh takes a closer look at services available and reports on findings below:

We’ll start with the gold standard at any price option.  With a $5000 base price, and $200 per candidate, Electionz is not the option for everyone. But if you need someone to look after the entire online voting process and don’t care what it costs, then maybe this is for you.

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MEDIA RELEASE: New Report highlights the broad, diverse, and significant Club Industry

24 March 2022

Clubs New Zealand says the new census report clearly reveals the club industry’s economic impact, but more importantly the impact that clubs have on their 300,000+ members and the wider community’s that they operate within.

The report produced by Clubs New Zealand, following a census of the membership, which took place between September and December 2021, provides an in-depth view of New Zealand’s club industry.  

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Changes to the Covid Protection Framework, Vaccine Passes and Mandates

24 March 2022

On Wednesday 23rd of March the Prime Minister announced a number of changes to the Covid 19 Protection Framework, Vaccine Passes and Mandates.  These changes will take effect between 25 March and 4 April 2022.

A summary of these changes are outlined below.  As with any Covid-19 related announcement, the devil is in the detail aka the Public Health Order and we must be prepared for “tweaks”.  We will closely review the Public Health Order once released and update our guidance accordingly. 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Changes to Covid Protection Framework do not go far enough for Clubs.

23 March 2022

Clubs New Zealand and its membership is once again left feeling disappointed and ignored over the Governments refusal to budge on Club Sport, says Clubs New Zealand.

“Of course, the changes that were announced were welcome ones, however, they do not go far enough for the club industry, and our members are tired of being ignored, says Chief Executive Larry Graham.

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Have your say! Reducing pokies harm

21 March 2022

The Department of Internal Affairs have recently sent out communications inviting Class 4 venues and stakeholders to participate in a consultation on Reducing pokies harm. They are interested in hearing about your experiences and views on how we can best protect people from gambling harm in pubs and clubs.

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Is it time to Ditch the Plastic?

15 March 2022

We have created an easier way for your staff to verify that your visitors have had their pass checked by the club.  Our solution adds a green tick and ‘pass checked’ message to the digital membership card in the Clubs New Zealand App.  The stickers on the plastic cards used by some clubs were a great interim measure, but don’t account for members having different expiry dates moving forward. 

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Further financial support for sport and recreation organisations located in Northland, Auckland and Waikato

3 March 2022

On the 28th of February, Hon Grant Robertson announced more support for sport and recreation organisations in the Auckland, Northland and Waikato regions financially affected by the extended COVID alert level restrictions between August and December last year.
The financial assistance will support local and regional sport and recreation organisations and providers who are experiencing financial hardship with fixed administration and operating costs.

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COMING SOON – Vaccine Pass Expiry to be added to digital membership cards

28 February 2022

We have added a green tick and ‘pass checked’ message to the digital membership card in the Clubs New Zealand App.  The stickers on the plastic cards were a great interim measure, but generally don’t account for a six month expiry date.  This way you just provide us with the expiry dates and we will look after it for you.  

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Clubs New Zealand 2022 Annual Report

24 February 2022

With preparations for the Clubs New Zealand 2022 Digital Annual General Meeting almost complete the Clubs New Zealand Board is pleased to present the 2022 Annual Report for the year ending 31 December 2021.

An electronic copy of the report is now available to download using the link below;

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Get your hands on the future

With the Clubs New Zealand App

Get your hands on the future with Clubs New Zealand's App which can be downloaded on both Apple and Android.  The Clubs New Zealand App is all about helping you get more out of your membership. As a member of a club you can access any of our network of 300 member clubs as a reciprocal visitor and visiting a club is a breeze with the new digital membership card.


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