Welcome to the new register

We launched the new Incorporated Society Register website on 30 September 2019.

If you’ve used this register before, you may notice some changes to the way it looks and operates. Registering and maintaining your society can now be done online, as well as manually. To use our online services you’ll need an online services account.

Starting a society

To incorporate a society you must submit an application, along with the required documents, and pay a registration fee.

Before you can apply, however, there are a few things you’ll need to have already done.

Filing your annual financial statements

You must file annual financial statements with us, unless your incorporated society is registered with Charities Services.

There are two ways to file your annual financial statements. Which options you can use to file your annual financial statements will depend on when they are due.

Running your society

Once you've registered your incorporated society, you’re required by law to keep certain information about it up to date. This includes the society's addresses, name, and the rules by which it operates.

Societies must comply with their rules and also need to meet other legal obligations.

News and notices

Insolvency relief for businesses impacted by COVID-19

The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help businesses facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable, with the aim of keeping New Zealanders in jobs.

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The impact of COVID-19 on incorporated societies

We appreciate that these are challenging times for everyone, and that circumstances related to COVID-19 may be affecting your ability to meet your legal and procedural obligations as an incorporated society over the coming months.

Primary Register: Incorporated Societies Published:

COVID-19 Update

The Companies Office is prioritising the health and well-being of our people and our customers in response to the latest developments of COVID-19.

Primary Register: Companies Office Published:

Need help drafting your society’s rules?

For those looking to draft a constitution or ‘set of rules’ for an incorporated society, we’ve created the Constitution Builder, a new do-it-yourself online tool.

Primary Register: Incorporated Societies Published:

Kua wātea ināianei te tohutō kia whakamahia e ngā rōpū Manatōpū, Kaitiaki hoki — Macrons now available for use by societies and trusts

Macrons are now available for use in our Incorporated Societies and Charitable Trusts registers, thanks to recent improvements to our register system.

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