The New Zealand Government has announced a reduction of government agencies, including the closure of its Charities Commission.
“These changes will provide greater value for money, reduce duplication and improve coordination across the state sector,” State Services Minister Tony Ryall announced yesterday (29/2/12). According to the New Zealand government website http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/reduction-state-agencies-confirmed the functions of the Charities Commission will be transfered to the Department of Internal Affairs, while providing for independent registration and related functions through a statutory board.
Philanthropy Australia spoke with Robyn Scott, CEO of Philanthropy New Zealand (PNZ), who explained that PNZ are putting a submission to government proposing that the Commission should be retained as the interests of government, as well as of the the charitable sector, are best served and protected by a fully independent and objective Charities Commission which is more readily able to act flexibly and responsively, educate the sector, and build expertise and relationships.
Mar. 06, 2012
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