Fostering information-sharing, respect, collaboration and friendship between Buddhist communities in Aotearoa.
The Society is established for charitable purposes within New Zealand. In particular the Society will:
a. Create respectful relationships among Buddhist communities and between Buddhist and other communities in order to develop a harmonious and peaceful New Zealand.
b. Share information and build networks.
c. Work together on common concerns and problems.
d. Strengthen the greater Buddhist community in New Zealand.
e. Engage with government and other statutory bodies when their policies and practices affect Buddhist communities.
f. Represent Buddhist perspectives in public forums where appropriate.
g. Work with other faith communities to nurture mutual understanding and promote peace.
h. Engage in any other activities consistent with the above objects
Note: The main sectors, activities and beneficiaries are bolded.
Acts as an umbrella / resource body
Provides advice / information / advocacy
Education / training / research, Religious activities
Voluntary bodies other than charities, People of a certain ethnic / racial origin, Migrants / refugees, Religious groups
The New Zealand Buddhist Council is governed by an Executive Committee.
Nine representatives on the executive committee are elected by the full members of NZBC. Up to 5 further members may be appointed by the elected representatives.
Full members of NZBC must be Buddhist organisations that are registered as charitable organisations within New Zealand.
Any other individual or group may be an associate member, but has no voting rights at general meetings of NZBC.
Annual Returns are due within 6 months of a charity’s balance date (financial year-end), or a longer period if an extension has been granted.
Here is a list of all the details changed by the charity, for example adding or removing officers, amending rules, changing balance dates or updating address details.