Greenpeace declined charity status

A few days after delivering a petition against oil and gas exploration to Parliament (received by Jacinda Ardern) Greenpeace has been declined charity status

In its decision dated 21 March 2018 the independent Charities Registration Board has decided to decline Greenpeace’s application to be a registered charity because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes.

The Board considers that Greenpeacehas an independent purpose to promote its own particular views about the environment and other issues.

The independent Board also said that Greenpeace and it’s members being involved in illegal activities disqualifies it from registration.


Greenpeace of New Zealand Incorporated

The role of the independent Charities Registration Board (“the Board”) is to maintain the integrity of the Charities Register by ensuring that entities on the Charities Register qualify for registration. The Board makes its decisions based on the facts before it applying the law including relevant case law. The Board must decline organisations’ applications for registration when they do not advance exclusively charitable purposes for the public benefit. A purpose is charitable if it advances public benefit in a way that is analogous to cases that have previously been held to be charitable.

The Board has decided that Greenpeace of New Zealand Incorporated (“Greenpeace”) does not meet the legal requirements to be registered as a charity and has declined its application.

In 2014 the Supreme Court directed the Board to reconsider Greenpeace’s application in light of Greenpeace’s amended stated purposes and the Court’s decision.  The Board has carried out a full reconsideration of Greenpeace’s application and applied the principles decided in the courts to reach its decision.

The Board considers Greenpeace does not qualify for registration for two main grounds:

  1. Greenpeace promotes its points of view on the environment and other issues in ways that cannot be found to be for the benefit of the public.
  2. Greenpeace and its members’ involvement in illegal activities amounts to an illegal purpose which disqualifies it from registration.

Promotion of points of view

The Board considers that Greenpeace has an independent purpose to advocate its own particular views about the environment and other issues which does not advance a public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable.

Although the Supreme Court in Greenpeace held that advocacy can be charitable, it indicated that promoting a cause or advocating a particular viewpoint will not often be charitable. This is because it is not possible to say whether the views promoted are for the public benefit in the way the law recognises as charitable.

The Board considers that Greenpeace’s focus is on advocating its point of view on environmental issues such fossil fuel exploration and the expansion of intensive dairy farming.  Most of Greenpeace’s environmental advocacy cannot be determined to be in the public benefit when all the potential consequences of adopting its views are taken into account.

Greenpeace has the freedom to continue to communicate its views and to influence policy and legislation but the Board has found that Greenpeace’s pursuit of these activities do not qualify as being for the public benefit in a charitable sense.

Illegal purpose

The Supreme Court confirmed that an illegal purpose will disqualify an organisation from being registered as a charity. In some cases, an illegal purpose can be inferred from an organisation’s involvement in illegal activities.

The Board found that Greenpeace directly coordinates and authorises its members to carry out illegal activities, such as trespass on ships and buildings.  There is no evidence that Greenpeace has any processes in place to discourage its members from carrying out illegal activities.

The Board considers the illegal activities form a pattern of behaviour from which an illegal purpose can be inferred. Greenpeace’s illegal purpose means that it is disqualified from registration as a charity.

The Board’s full decision: Greenpeace-of-New-Zealand-Incorporated-Decision.pdf

The Charities Registration Board’s statement regarding the decision can be found here.

30 Comments

  1. Cork

     /  March 21, 2018

    About time. Eco-terrorists deserve no economic protection.

    • chrism56

       /  March 21, 2018

      I agree. They are the industrial wing of the Green party. Engaging in criminal activity is not charitable.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  March 21, 2018

        The Greens are the political wing of the international gang of extortionists whose business consists of turning scaremongering into cash.

        • Gezza

           /  March 21, 2018

          Are you sure? I thought that was the Trump administration & the NRA, Sir Alan?

  2. duperez

     /  March 21, 2018

    Maybe they could try calling themselves the Sanitarium Brethren Green Destiny Church.
    (SBGDC) In such an event the write ups would be fun when the GCSB checked out the authenticity of their charity status. 🙃

    • Corky

       /  March 21, 2018

      Destiny has lost its charity status if I remember correctly.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  March 21, 2018

        You don’t remember correctly. They had it restored.

        • Corky

           /  March 21, 2018

          Did they.. I don’t keep score. Obviously if it was restored, it was originally declined.
          However, its charity status is tentative and subject to more court action.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 21, 2018

            It was widely reported at the time.

            • Corky

               /  March 21, 2018

              I watch the news every night. I heard nothing about it being restored. That it had lost charity status was well reported hence me mentioning it. In fact now that I did a Google search it is two charities linked with Destiny Church. Whether that involves the main church I can’t be bothered finding out.

              You tell me?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  March 21, 2018

              Lazy sod, find out for yourself.

        • Gezza

           /  March 21, 2018

          NZ Charities Register (Charities Services)
          Charity search results: Destiny

          Charity Name
          Registration Number
          Registration Status
          Registered Date
          Destiny Church Auckland Trust
          CC29039
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Christchurch
          CC31639
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Dunedin
          CC31176
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Gisborne
          CC31170
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Hamilton
          CC29070
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Kaitaia
          CC31465
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Nelson
          CC29107
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church New Zealand Trust
          CC54240
          Registered
          27/02/2017
          Destiny Church Porirua
          CC31406
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Rotorua
          CC29108
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Taranaki
          CC31434
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Taumarunui
          CC31446
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Tauranga Trust
          CC27986
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Te Puke
          CC31454
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Thames
          CC31461
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Wanganui
          CC31439
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Wellington
          CC31401
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Whakatane Trust
          CC30992
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Church Whangarei
          CC31001
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny International Group
          CC54178
          Registered
          19/02/2017
          CC27985
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Rescue Charitable Trust
          CC50592
          Registered
          23/05/2014
          Destiny School
          CC30131
          Registered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Social Services Trust
          CC31078
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Destiny Television Ministries International Trust
          CC28102
          Deregistered
          30/06/2008
          Empower International Trust
          CC25962
          Registered
          16/06/2008
          Fire And Destiny Centre
          CC11272
          Registered
          4/10/2007

          • PartisanZ

             /  March 21, 2018

            Playing the Chareligion* game!!!

            * #151

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 22, 2018

            Up and down like a tart’s knickers….

  3. chrism56

     /  March 21, 2018

    It is not only NZ they are having troubles. In Canada, they are openly defying the courts.http://www.resolutevgreenpeace.com/blog/ And being the hypocrites they are, they complain about others breaking the law.

  4. Gezza

     /  March 21, 2018

    Probably end up in Court now. The Board can claim to have applied Supreme Court principles but it’s not a court. I don’t think the Board’s decision will be overturned though.

  5. PartisanZ

     /  March 21, 2018

    Now the Charities Board can start sifting through the Charities Register and weeding out anything overtly ‘political’ – and maybe covertly political too, depending on how ‘they’ define political … and depending on who the nefarious THEY actually are …

    This should ensure the ongoing expansion and ‘refinement’ of a compliant Charitocracy.

    Meantime anything ‘alternative’ – hence automatically political – will become Social Media Subscription Organisations … SMSOs or SMarities* [new word #150]

    A compliant Charitocracy is required if this ‘growth sector of the economy’ is eventually going to take over the Welfare operations of government in an *ALL NEW*, Late-Night Contestable Social-Investment Welfare, Sympathy-Factor Popularity Contest with its own multiple Reality TV programs, Entertainment and Quiz shows … ‘Poverty Busters’ … ‘Slum Survivor’ …. ‘Punishment, Crime … and more Punishment’ …

    Having exhausted the ‘Bootlaces’ model, the Charitocracy will ‘encourage’ and entice the poor to pull themselves up by their Pleading & Bleeding abilities …

    I feel a Sci-Fi Mini-Series coming on … Where’s Netflix when you need them most?

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 21, 2018

      Indoctrination and advanced training for our future ‘Welfare Games Society’ has already started with *Survivor*, *Big Brother*, *The Boss* and Game of Thrones …

      Welfare Games should generate untold online apps and gaming too … ‘Grand Theft Neo’ … ‘Screw Civilization’ … ‘My Industrial Farm’ … and ‘Throw Thy Neighbour’ …

      • Trevors_elbow

         /  March 21, 2018

        This new parody accoint of the original Partizan is quite entertaining!!!!

        • PartisanZ

           /  March 21, 2018

          Actually one only has to look at the proliferation of ‘Instant Play’ Gambling Games on MyLotto to see its already happening … ‘Monkey Drop’ and ‘Diamonds in the Sky’ …

          ‘Pie in the Sky’ and ‘Pigs Can Fly’ …

          Lotto is THE major player in the Charitocracy.

  6. Trevors_elbow

     /  March 21, 2018

    Quite entertaining listen to Larry Williams this evening driving home from work…. Larry had a charities law specialist on. She was irate with this decision… sounded like she was a Green Party or Greenpeace member….

    Their donation soliciting methods are a tad dodgy in terms of pressure tactics… and their protest tactics definite breach the law in terms of trespass

    Hopefully the never get re-registered

    • Corky

       /  March 21, 2018

      I was doing a rellies accounts after he got into financial difficulties. Unbeknown to him, he’d been signed up by Greenpeace to the tune of $60 per month.

      • Gezza

         /  March 22, 2018

        That story sounds pretty suss, tbh. How were they paying?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 22, 2018

          Nope. Happened to my first wife. They get auto payments from your credit card. Their modus operandi.

  7. alloytoo

     /  March 22, 2018

    Here’s an interesting notion.

    We know that Russel Norman engages criminal activities, no doubt paid for by NZ donars.

    However are NZ dollars being remitted to the mother ship (international head office) in order that they may engage in criminal activity outside NZ.

    Surely NZ as a responsible global citizen has a responsibility to halt this flow of funds in support of criminal activities.

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 22, 2018

      Yep … and we should reinstate the Salem Council of Elders as soon as possible …

      They need to rule on which is more criminal, destroying an ecosystem and extincting a species … or briefly disrupting a commercial activity to protest about it …

      • Corky

         /  March 22, 2018

        Don’t deflect. Making a subjective call between eco systems and short term criminal activity as an excuse for remediating the former is quack science..and quack morality.

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