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The Hazards of Trade Associations

We live in a competitive world, and in the business world in particular, there are fierce rivalries.

  • 5 April 2011
  • Author: Geoff Hardy
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The Hazards of Trade Associations
As consumers we benefit from that rivalry, because it ensures that businesses strive to maximise the quality of what they offer, and minimise their charges. In fact, competition is considered so beneficial to society that a whole Act of Parliament – the Commerce Act 1986 – is dedicated to ensuring that it continues unabated.

Incorporated Societies Finally Get Some Attention

In addition to the public (state) sector and the private (for profit) sector there is a third sector - the not-for-profit or voluntary sector, which is just as important and very diverse.

  • 5 October 2010
  • Author: Geoff Hardy
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Incorporated Societies Finally Get Some Attention
Just look at the range of not-for-profit organisations that our firm has provided legal advice to – the New Zealand Windsurfing Association, the Whangapoua Beach Ratepayers Association, the Hire Association of New Zealand, the Building Industry Federation, the New Zealand MBA Association, the Certified Builders Association, the Auckland District Law Society, the Afrikaans Christian Church of New Zealand, the Kohimarama Tennis Club, Reggio Emilia Provocations (an early childhood education foundation), and Urban Auckland, the Society for the Protection of the Auckland Waterfront.

Does Your Charity Qualify For Tax Exemptions?

For centuries, charities have enjoyed special exemptions from tax,

  • 5 February 2008
  • Author: Geoff Hardy
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Does Your Charity Qualify For Tax Exemptions?

because they are seen to be for the public good, and therefore should not have to contribute to the cost of governing the country. The gradual tightening of the tax laws in recent years has seen many of the old loopholes disappear. This has meant that those who are determined to reduce their taxation exposure have increasingly cast an envious eye towards the charitable tax exemption.

Do You Belong to a Club, Society or Association?

This newsletter is for those people who belong to (or work for) sports clubs, charities, community service organisations, trade associations, chambers of commerce, and similar bodies.

  • 24 August 2005
  • Author: Geoff Hardy
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Do You Belong to a Club, Society or Association?
That probably includes most of us. Mostly we just take advantage of our membership or perform our duties, and don’t worry too much about how the organisation is run. But occasionally we need to know what our rights and obligations are, and what the organisation should and should not do. This newsletter explores those issues.
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