Charities Services of the Department of Internal Affairs on campus

5 October 2016

Experts from the Department of Internal Affairs – Charities Services on charitable purpose took to the road on the 4 October to deliver a lecture at Waikato University. Juliet Chevalier-Watts, the leading charities law academic in New Zealand, invited Charities Services to present to the LAWS308, Equity and Succession, third-year law students, as part of the Faculty’s commitment to teaching “law in context”. Andrew Phillips, Senior Analyst, and Brooke Goodey, Analyst, presented on the process of registration and deregistration, and discussed the confusing world of where business and charity collide.

The approximate 170 students enjoyed the presentation, and tested the analysts’ expertise on all kinds of subjects from elite sport, through to high salaries for charities, and the ever elusive “ancillary” test for non-charitable purposes. Andrew and Brooke also relished the opportunity to engage with the leading New Zealand academic in charities law, and meet Professor Margaret Wilson, who both lectures at the University and influential in the passage of the original Charities Act back in 2005.

Juliet hopes that Charities Services can return next year to again regale her students on the complexities of applying charities law in practice.