Auckland Seminars

The Next Auckland Seminar

The New Zealand Initiative and LEANZ invite you to our upcoming webinar:

LEANZ Lunchtime Webinar: Charities Amendment Bill – its impact and risks

Sue Barker, an expert in charity law, will discuss the role of charities in democracies and the importance of the legal framework in NZ.

Date: Thursday 27 April 2023

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Online Event.

Registration: follow this link


About the Topic:

Society is facing many seemingly intractable problems: climate change, mental health crisis, pandemics, wars. Charities and the not-for-profit sector make an important contribution in addressing those problems. They strengthen communities, improve social cohesion and deliver social benefits that complement actions by business and government. Charities play a key role in upholding liberal democratic values.

In order to thrive, the charities sector needs an appropriate legal and economic framework. However, it is often misunderstood by commentators and policy makers. Recent developments in New Zealand and around the world create serious risks for the health of the sector.

In her talk Sue Barker will cover topics including: the role of charities in democratic societies, recent developments overseas and in New Zealand with regard to how governments approach charities and the risks they create, what a world-leading legal framework for charities might look like.

This is an online only event. The speaker will talk for 40-45 minutes followed by some time for Q&A.

About the Speaker

Sue Barker is the director of Sue Barker Charities Law, a boutique law firm based in Wellington, New Zealand, specialising in charities law and public tax law. She is a director of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Core Reference Group for the Government’s review of the Charities Act 2005. Sue is also a co-author of the text The Law and Practice of Charities in New Zealand (LexisNexis, 2013) and a contributor to Regulating Charities: the Inside Story (Routledge, 2017).

In 2019, Sue Barker was awarded the prestigious New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship, Te Karahipi Rangahau ā Taiao, to undertake research into the question “What does a world-leading framework of charities law look like?”. The report from the Fellowship, “Focus on purpose”, was released in April 2022 making 70 recommendations for charities law reform in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30pm


Lawyers may note that if this seminar is part of your learning objectives in your CPDPR, then the seminar can count for one hour of your 10 CPD hours. Please email the LEANZ contact above to request confirmation of your attendance.


Queries about the event can be directed to:

Richard Meade, [email protected]