How to search the Charitable Trusts Register

Information about charitable trust boards, and how to find it

You can search the register free of charge for information about charitable trust boards and their status.

What you can search for

Information available on the register for a charitable trust board includes:

  • its name
  • incorporation number
  • New Zealand Business Number
  • date of incorporation
  • addresses
  • a copy of its trust deed or rules.

Searching the register

To conduct a search, enter a charitable trust board's name, incorporation number or New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) into the search bar on our homepage.

A ‘quick-search’ list of results will appear immediately, providing basic information for charitable trust boards matching your search criteria, including name, incorporation number, NZBN and current status.

For a more detailed list of results, which includes addresses and incorporation date, click on ‘All results’ at the top right-hand corner of the page, or the ‘View more detailed results’ link at the bottom of the quick-search list of results.

Search for trust boards

Refining your search

You can use the ‘Advanced Search’, located in the top right-hand corner of the quick-search page, to find specific results for the following criteria:

  • business type
  • business status
  • registration date
  • address keywords

Organising your search results

You can sort your results by ascending or descending order, and have the choice of printing your results, attaching them to an email, or saving them either as a PDF or Excel file.

Viewing a trust board's information

To view the publicly available information we hold for charitable trust board, click on its name in the search results list.

Access to a trust board's documents

All public documents filed with us are available free of charge. These include:

  • a copy of the board's trust deed or rules
  • change of address forms (if any).

To access a board's documents

  1. Search for the charitable trust board, as described above.
  2. Click on the board's name.
  3. On the ‘View Details’ screen, click on the ‘Filings’ tab.
  4. Choose from the list of documents by clicking the link.
  5. Click on the document number to view, or export the document as a PDF.

Archived documents

All documents filed since April 2002 are available electronically. Prior to 2002, the last complete set of amended rules or trust deed variations are also available electronically.

Archived documents for charitable trust boards that were declared dissolved prior to 31 December 2002 are available from Archives New Zealand.

A search for any archived document can be made on the Archives New Zealand website.

If the records are not available electronically or through Archives New Zealand, the charitable trust board should be approached directly for a copy.

All help topics

Getting started on the register 6 guides

Find out about charitable trusts and the Charitable Trusts Register, how to set up an online services account, and where to start when incorporating a charitable trust board.

Searching the Charitable Trusts Register 2 guides

Searching the register for information about charitable trust boards and their status.

Starting a charitable trust board 3 guides

To incorporate a charitable trust board you must submit an application, along with the required documents. There is no registration fee.

Keeping charitable trust board details up to date 4 guides

Once you've registered your charitable trust board, you're required by law to keep certain information about it up to date.

Ending a charitable trust board 2 guides

There are two ways to end a charitable trust board. If the board is no longer operating, it can apply to be dissolved. If it is unable to pay its debts, it can be placed in liquidation.

Restoring a charitable trust board to the register 1 guide

A trust board that has been removed from the Charitable Trusts Register can apply to us to be restored.

Managing your online account 5 guides

Forms 1 guide

Find the forms you'll need to register your charitable trust board or keep its details up to date. Please note: there are no fees for registering or maintaining a charitable trust board.