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The spirit of philanthropy

Muir J’s opening observation in Re Hugh Green Trusts is that “The spirit of philanthropy is no better demonstrated in New Zealand than by the Green family.” Matters involving the Hugh Green Trust and the Hugh Green Property Trust (the Trusts), came before the court for directions pursuant to section 133 of the Trusts Act … Continue reading

Consolidation practical and expedient

New Zealand has a large number of charitable trusts, which can be considered a reflection of a strong underlying philanthropic aspect of New Zealand culture. However, management of assets on account of charitable purposes comes at a cost, which means that sometimes smaller charities might better achieve their purposes through amalgamation of consolidation. This was … Continue reading

Charities and the Trusts Act

The Trusts Act 2019 applies to all express trusts, including charitable trusts. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand hosted a recent webinar with presenters from Charities Services and Vicki Ammundsen Trust Law Limited exploring the application of the Trusts Act to charitable trusts. See Sharing Knowledge Series: Trust Law Changes and Charities. What Do the … Continue reading

Empty Table

In the Matter of the Representation of First Island Trustees Limited raises interesting considerations about the position of a trustee who finds itself in a situation where the family who was to benefit has effectively disavowed the Trust.  The decision also highlights the practical aspect of anti-money laundering obligations and client due diligence where there … Continue reading

Family First to keep the home fires burning

In the first significant decision since the Supreme Court decision in Greenpeace the majority of the Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal in Family First New Zealand v Attorney-General against the decision to de-register it as a charity.  The High Court had previously considered that Family First did not qualify for registration as its … Continue reading

Finally …

Greenpeace has been seeking registration as a charity since 24 June 2008. The original application to the (then) Charities Board, now Charities Services, was declined and subsequent appeals ultimately reached the Supreme Court. See Greenpeace appeal result – one all draw for further background and the following paragraphs from the 2020 High Court decision: “[3] The … Continue reading

Termination – a bridge too far?

An Application by the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton explores the question as to whether the Court has the power pursuant to its inherent jurisdiction to wind up a charitable trust (and by default the interplay between s 64 of the Trustee Act 1956 and s 33 of the Charitable Trusts Act 1957).  … Continue reading

Donation tax credit limitation

  On 3 March 2020, Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) No 453 was introduced into Parliament. This SOP proposes a number of remedial and technical amendments to the Taxation (KiwiSaver, Student Loans, and Remedial Matters) Bill. One of the proposed amendments is an amendment to to s LD 3 of the Income Tax Act 2007, which … Continue reading

Expedient

Re Eliza White Board of Management considers the practical aspects of laying a scheme before the Court when a charitable trust’s purposes become “no longer possible, practicable or expedient.” While fact specific the case provides useful guidance as to the matters to traverse in such applications. Also see In the Matter of the Sefton Public … Continue reading

Donation tax credit clarification

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has announced that the Government will move to restrict donation tax credits and gift deductions to cash donations (including payments made by credit card or bank transfer). This announcement follows the Court of Appeal decision in CIR v Roberts that upheld a High Court decision in the same matter and ruled … Continue reading

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