Deed of Trust

Arthritis New Zealand will transition to a charitable trust known as Arthritis New Zealand (Kaiponapona Aotearoa) from July 1 this year. We will continue to trade and be generally known as Arthritis New Zealand.

What is the difference between a charitable trust and an incorporated society?

  • A charitable trust serves all stakeholders as defined in the Trust Deed, which for Arthritis New Zealand, is all people affected by arthritis, and is not focused just on the financial members. The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are elected by the Electoral Council. An incorporated society has financial members who elect the Governing Body at an annual general meeting.

Why is Arthritis New Zealand changing to become a charitable trust?

  • A charitable trust allows more flexibility for governance, giving a stronger focus on all people affected by arthritis as our mission, and the ability to respond more quickly to making changes for the benefit of the organisation. There are also considerable savings in membership administration costs.

Click here to read the Deed of Trust

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