Application by a creditor to restore a society to the register

What's required for a creditor to apply

New legislation for incorporated societies

Between 5 October 2023 and 5 April 2026 there are 2 Acts in force.

If your society —

  • registered for the first time on or after 5 October 2023, the Incorporated Societies Act 2022 (2022 Act) applies.
  • registered before 5 October 2023 and has reregistered since then, the 2022 Act applies.
  • registered before 5 October 2023 and has not yet reregistered, the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 (1908 Act) applies.

This section applies to societies currently registered under the 1908 Act

If your society existed before 5 October 2023, it must operate under and comply with the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 (the 1908 Act) until it reregisters under the 2022 Act.

If you’re not sure which Act applies to your society, you can check by searching the Incorporated Societies Register for free.

If an incorporated society has been dissolved, a creditor of the society can apply to have it restored to the register by following the steps below.

What you’ll need to provide

A creditor must supply —

  • a formal request in writing that the society be restored (Form IS6)
  • the restoration fee of $177.78 (plus GST).

How to apply

To apply online to have a society restored to the register, you'll need:

  • a RealMe® login
  • an online services account for the Incorporated Societies Register

Step by step

Follow these steps —

  1. Log in to your online services account
  2. Search for the society you wish to restore and click on the society's name to view its details.
  3. On the 'View Details' page, from the ‘Maintain Society’ tab select ‘Lodge Other Document’.
  4. Select ‘Creditor Request to Restore’ and upload your written request outlining the grounds for restoring the society, and any supporting documentation.
  5. Click on ‘Submit’.

Once we’ve received your application, we will be in contact to arrange the payment of the restoration fee of $177.78 (plus GST).

Request restoration of a society

What happens next

  • Applications are reviewed to ensure that all requirements have been met, all necessary documents have been submitted, and that the restoration fee has been paid.
  • If the application is successful, the incorporated society will be immediately restored to the register. An application may take longer to process where we require further information.
  • The applicant will be notified by email.
  • The Registrar will give public notice of all restored societies in the New Zealand Gazette and on our website.

If you need more information

If you'd like to know more about restoring an incorporated society, read section 28 of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.

This section applies to societies currently registered under the 2022 Act


All help topics

Getting started on the register 7 guides

Searching the Incorporated Societies Register 2 guides

Find out how to search our registers for information about incorporated societies, and other entities

Starting an incorporated society 5 guides

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

Reregistering under the 2022 Act 6 guides

Running your incorporated society 7 guides

Once you’ve registered, you’ll need to keep your details on the register up to date, and follow the rules that apply to incorporated societies and how they are run.

Meeting your annual filing requirements 3 guides

Once you've registered your incorporated society, you'll need to file annual financial statements. Societies registered under the Incorporated Societies Act 2022 must also complete an annual return.

Ending an incorporated society 2 guides

When an incorporated society reaches the end of its 'life', it must be wound up and removed from the register. Here we outline the ways this can be done – by dissolving the society (1908 Act), removing the society from the register (2022 Act) or placing it in liquidation.

Restoring an incorporated society to the register 2 guides

An application can be made to us to have an incorporated society restored to the register, by the society itself, or by a creditor. You'll need to provide evidence to support your application.

Forms and fees 3 guides

The forms you might need to update a society's details, along with the fees that apply and ways you can pay.

Managing your online account 7 guides