Implementing the Incorporated Societies Regime (In Person)


The Incorporated Societies Act 2022 and now the 2023 Regulations have many practical implications for Societies, their committees and for their advisers. The changed regime provides an opportunity to rethink and reset – to assess whether or not to incorporate, and to ascertain what’s currently working and not working. If deciding to register or register, there are many matters arising, such as what will a ‘good’ constitution look like; what will ‘natural justice’ mean in practice; what is the best way of approaching dispute resolution clauses, and how will the regime recognise concepts such as tikanga and MBIE preferences with some wordings?  

This practically-focussed session will look at the mechanics of registration and reregistration, decisions and choices to be made when drafting constitutions (including committee size, frequency of term, and size of quorum), and perceived issues with the new regime. 

Registrants are invited to submit questions in advance, to

Who Should Attend?

All those involved in advising would-be/incorporated societies, and those who are involved with such bodies on a personal basis.

In respect of the Incorporated Societies law regime:

  • Receive guidance on when to reregister, factoring in burdens and risks, including for particular bodies such as residents’ societies.
  • Become better apprised of the interplay between the Incorporated Societies Act 2022 and the 2023 Regulations.
  • Get to grips with the mechanics of registration and reregistration.
  • Benefit from insights into the decisions and choices to be made when drafting a constitution.  
  • Gain insights into contentious, confusing or concerning issues, including factors to consider when drafting dispute resolution clauses.


Mark Von Dadelszen
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Mark von Dadelszen is a barrister, concentrating on the law relating to societies, charities and meeting procedure. His knowledge and skills in those subjects are based on 50 years’ experience in governing and advising a wide range of community organisations. He is author of Members' Meetings and of Law of Societies in New Zealand - Unincorporated, Incorporated and Charitable (4th editions of both due in 2022), and was a member of the Law Commission Reference Group advising on proposed reforms to the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. He was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 2012 for “services to the community.”

Joanna Pidgeon
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Joanna Pidgeon is a property law expert, Past President of the ADLS and current member of the Property Law Committee. She is also a member of the NZLS Land Titles Committee. She often makes determinations under the ASPRE when there are disputes, is a past Chair of the Property Disputes Committee and gives expert evidence in Courts and Tribunals on a wide range of property matters.

Peter Orpin
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Peter is a Special Counsel at Lane Neave, with significant expertise in the law of societies, retirement villages, trusts and charities. 

Peter advises residents, operators and Statutory Supervisors in the retirement village industry, and regularly assists retirement village industry bodies with education and training sessions.  He has been active in holding public seminars throughout the country on the requirements of the new Incorporated Societies Act.

Peter is a member of The Law Association Trusts Committee, and the Documents and Precedents Committee, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience.




Pricing Details

Ticket Price

Member: $190 GST

Non-Member: $270 GST


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