Whats in a name

Few New Zealanders  realise that the greatest identity fraud is the one  which occurs every day through  companies people, groups of people using trading names.

So common is this that we almost defend  this as being legitimate  but if you were to call yourself  by a different name   you are sure to get side ways  glances.

This week I looked at the New Zealand Charity & Legal Gazette Printed Edition Listings  2009 and have   checked some of the names off against the   societies register and   not surprising for me    there is a significant  number of   charities  which are soliciting bequests  who do not exist  on the register in that name.

Names can be impressive sounding but they are just names unless they are registered and formed into a body corp.

There are many trusts which   set up some are formed   through  deed and others through hot air . some deeds are registered to  make the    trust  a legal person , others   just leave you guessing as to who or what they are and  what the purpose of their trust is, by leaving money to them  you  could  be subsidising some ones  retirement   plans

2 Responses to “Whats in a name”

  • Hello Grace.

    Thank you for your email.

    We are most concerned that all operations of the NZ Charity and Legal Gazette are seen at all times as transparent and genuine. You will note that the Gazette itself carries the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), the international identifier for serials and other continuing resources in the electronic and print world. This means that the Gazette is open to scrutiny by any interested parties. In this country the ISSN is administered by the National Library of New Zealand who issue the numbers and receive and hold copies of each issue of the publication.

    The New Zealand Charity and Legal Gazette has been published annually since 1973. I have been Editor and Publisher since purchasing the publication in 2002.

    Since 2004 the Gazette has been distributed gratis to its practitioner members by the New Zealand Law Society. The Law Society also supports the Gazette in their own member publications.

    We are proud of our long-standing reputation and of the position of the Gazette as a most useful support for legal practitioners advising their clients on matters of estates and bequests.

    As for your concern about the status of listed charities and non-profit bodies. You will be aware that the Charities Commission was established to, among other functions, police the activities of such bodies. They may apply for Registration if they wish to obtain tax-free status.

    The NZ Charity and Legal Gazette does not insist that listed bodies state their Registration number although they are free to do so if they wish. You will have seen that a number of them include their number in the information printed in the Gazette.

    We are aware that, from time to time, less than honest persons attempt to use the apperarance of a “charity” to hide illegal or otherwise dubious activities.

    Inclusion in the Gazette is at the discretion of the Editor and we are punctilious in screening applicant bodies. However I can recall only two occasions on which we have declined to list applicants and on each occasion the ‘charity” withdrew their application when it was questioned by us.

    I am rather surprised by your statement that some organizations listed in the Gazette do not use their legal names. I can think of a few bodies who use a specific name for what are I believe legitimate marketing purposes, to avoid confusion with other bodies and, in some cases, to distinguish between defined parts of a parent body. In this regard I instance the SPCA, RNZSPCA and Auckland SPCA, and also the Ronald McDonald house operations in various parts of the country. I conjecture that there are also some organizations whose “legal nammes” are technical in nature and the use of these could lead to confusion by the reader as to the precise body represented. Again, our discretion comes into pl;ay as we work with our clients for clarity of intent in their wording.

    In short I can assure you that the New Zealand Charity and Legal Gazette is an entirely ethical and proper operation, proud of our reputation and strenuous in our honesty.

    Thank you for your interest and I assure you of our availability at any future time when we can help you with enquiries regarding any matters connectewd with the New Zealand Charity and Legal Gazette.

    Finally may I direct you to Sue Ewart, Director of Communications, New Zealand Law Society, who works with us on many matters of mutual interest.

    Yours sincerely

    Michael Woolf
    Managing Editor, NZ Charity & Legal Gazette Box 38046 Wellington Mail Centre LOWER HUTT 5045 New Zealand Tel. 64 4 587 0045 Fax 64 4 587 0042 mobile 027 4577774

  • Thank you for your reply Michael

    I have below a few of the names which do not co relate to the charities register or the societies register , may I suggest that you ensure that there is a degree of accuracy in the next gazette you publish . It may be advisable to verify the contents before printing.

    I have taken the liberty of copying Sue in . As an investigator I see the issues which arise when property and legacies are bequested to organisations which are not confirmed as existing or do not exist in the name to which it is left, bringing about confusion and the ability for some one other than the intended to make off with the money.

    For most people a Gazette would be a trust worthy source. It is therefore essential that you verify I have only checked as far as the final entry listed below , I think you have a major task ahead of you. You can check out the existence or organisations on the companies register or societies register http://www.companies.govt.nz and registration as a charity at http://www.register.charities.govt.nz… Please not that the charities register does not use legal names in all cases.

    In the interest of transparency this will be posted on my Blog http://transparencynz.wordpress.com

    Discrepancies found as follows
    Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) NZ PO Box 99126, Newmarket, Auckland, 1031 actually ASH New Zealand Incorporated

    Anglican Care, Diocese of Christchurch PO Box 4438, Christchurch 8015 ANGLICAN CARE FOUNDATION INCORPORATED was struck off Anglican) Diocese of Christchurch Anglican Care (Waiapu) Limited

    Anglican Diocese of Dunedin PO Box 13170, Green Island, Dunedin 9052 No Organisations exist which satisfy the search conditions specified
    charities site show Anglican Diocese Of Waikato Anglican Diocese Of Waiapu and Diocese of Nelson (The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia)

    ATWC – Putting Families First 10 Beatty Street, Otahuhu, Auckland this is actually called Anglican Trust for Women and Children

    Auckland War Memorial Museum Private Bag 92 018, Auckland 1020 actually AUCKLAND INSTITUTE AND MUSEUM TRUST BOARD but has two trusts registed at the charity commission Auckland Museum Trust Board Auckland Museum Institute

    Bible College of New Zealand Private Bag 93104, Henderson Waitakere 0650 could be any of the following or any of the 107 “Bible” charities register with the charities commission.
    1036216 BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE OF NEW ZEALAND CHARTR Registered
    210997 FAITH BIBLE COLLEGE TRUST BOARD CHARTR Registered
    511137 PATHWAYS COLLEGE OF BIBLE & MISSION CHARTR Registered
    936044 SOUTH PACIFIC BIBLE COLLEGE INCORPORATED CHARTR Registered
    1559421 THE SHEPHERD’S BIBLE COLLEGE CHARITABLE TRUST CHARTR Registered
    1290118 THE TYRANNUS BIBLE COLLEGE CHARITABLE TRUST CHARTR Registered
    610233 THE WORLD GOSPEL BIBLE CHARITABLE COLLEGE TRUST CHARTR Registered
    491064 VISION BIBLE COLLEGE CHARTR Registered
    1893023 WELLINGTON PACIFIC BIBLE COLLEGE CHARTR Registered

    Brain Foundation of NZ PO Box 110022, Auckland Hospital, Auckland 1148 this is not on charities web site No Organisations exist on the societies register

    Brain Injury Association PO Box 74 323, Market Road, Auckland is actually called The Brain Injury Association (Auckland) Incorporated

    Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust, The PO Box 20 409, Christchurch actually THE CANTERBURY CHARITY HOSPITAL TRUST this is not on charities web site

    Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand PO Box 12-193, Wellington 6144 this is an agency not even a trust but it is on the charities web site .

    Catholic Foundation PO Box 1937,Wellington 6015 real name The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Wellington

    Champion Centre, The Tamariki Toiora Burwood Hospital, Private Bag 4708 Christchurch 8020 not on charities site and No Organisations exist on the societies register

    Regards
    Grace Haden

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