16 May 2011

Charity groups question definition of 'political'

12:02 pm on 16 May 2011

Some charity groups are questioning the basis on which charities deemed political are being de-registered.

Under new Charities Commission rules, a group cannot call itself a charity if its primary purpose is political activism.

Several organisations - including Greenpeace, the Sensible Sentencing Trust and the National Council of Women - are among those who have been de-registered.

The co-ordinator of the Association of Non-governmental Organisations of Aotearoa, Dave Henderson, says if the National Council of Women - which advocates for better living conditions for women and children - cannot be called a charity, then there is something wrong with the system.