Application by a society to be restored to the register

What's required for a society 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.

If your incorporated society has been dissolved or removed from the register, you can apply to have it restored to the register.

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.

An incorporated society applying to be restored to the register must demonstrate that the society was dissolved in error. Applications by the society can be made online, following the steps below.

What you’ll need to provide

Societies applying to be restored must submit:

  • the most recent annual financial statements yet to be filed (at least the last 3 years), together with a financial statements cover sheet for each (Form IS4)
  • the restoration fee of $177.78 (plus GST)
  • If the application is based on the grounds that the society was operating at the time it was dissolved, you’ll also need to provide documentation showing this to be so, for example, financial records, meeting minutes, or legal documents.

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
  • authority to manage information on the register for the society (if you don't already have confirmed authority, see below for how to apply).

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 its name to view its details.
  3. On the 'View Details' page, from the ‘Maintain Incorporated Society’ menu, select ‘Request to Restore’.
  4. Select the applicant type from the drop-down menu.
  5. On the first tab of the application, provide the reason for restoration, as well evidence of operation, any supporting documents, and the society's most recent outstanding financial statements (if there are any outstanding, you need to provide at least the last 3 years). You can also change the society’s AGM month or balance date on this tab.
  6. On the ‘Addresses’ tab, confirm if the current addresses and contact details are correct, or upload Form IS3 with your new address details.
  7. On the ‘Officers’ tab, confirm if the current officer details are correct, or upload Form IS3 with the new details.
  8. On the 'Review' tab, check that the information you've provided is correct, and make any necessary changes.
  9. Complete the signatory details and select 'Apply' to submit the form.
  10. Pay the restoration fee and select 'OK'.

Request restoration of a society

How to apply if you don't have authority to update the register

If you don't already have authority to update information on the register for the society, you will need to apply by completing a manual form.

Send your completed request to us —

By post to:

Companies Office
Private Bag 92061
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142

or by email to

Extra information required if the rules need to be updated

If your society’s rules have changed and you have yet to inform us, you may also wish to provide a signed copy of the rule changes, along with the alteration of rules certificate (Form IS2); or submit a full set of rules if we do not hold a copy on the register.

Extra information required if other details need to be updated

If any of the addresses for the society have changed or the officer details need to be updated you will also need to advise us of the new details. You should complete Form IS3 to update addresses or officer details.

What happens next

We will review your application to ensure that —

  • all requirements have been met,
  • all necessary documents have been submitted, and
  • the restoration fee has been paid.

If the application is successful, the incorporated society will be immediately restored to the register. We will notify the applicant by email. An application may take longer to process where we require further information.

The Registrar will give public notice of all restored societies in the New Zealand Gazette and on our website.

For further 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

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