NZ Charity Reporting Awards

nz charity reporting awards 2017

Winners of the 2017 NZ Charity Reporting Awards announced

This year’s DIA Charities Services AGM held in Wellington on Thursday 2nd November saw innovative New Zealand charities ranging in size from very large (tier 1) to very small (tier 4) acknowledged and collect prizes as part of the inaugural charity reporting awards.

The NZ Charity Reporting Awards recognise and celebrate best practice examples of standards compliance as well as communication and reporting innovation under the new financial reporting requirements legislated for New Zealand charities in recent times.

Organised and hosted by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, RSM sponsored and presented the $1000 prize for the tier 2 charity winner.  The winner was The Royal New Zealand Ballet who prepared an annual report that beautifully communicated what they do and how they performed for the year. 

Highly commended in this category was The Fred Hollows Foundation which is chaired by Craig Fisher (Audit Partner and Chairman, RSM) who has been a passionate advocate for best practice in charities reporting. 

RSM, with Craig being absent due to attending the RSM World Conference in Berlin, was represented by associate audit directors Wayne Tukiri and Brendon Foy.

RSM was also proud to be associated as auditors of the tier 1 winner, Comprehensive Care PHO, as well as Tier 3 highly commended winner, Toy Library Federation of New Zealand.

A large crowd of 180+ attended the event, learning of the range of great works, goods and services provided by New Zealand charities over the last year as well as the value these organisations are bringing to the wider community.  The event, streamed live on Facebook, was addressed by new MP, the honourable Peeni Henare who acknowledged the hard work registered charities have done around improving transparency and accountability in their financial reporting.

RSM are professional advisers to many New Zealand charities and not-for-profit groups, and have been happy to assist with helping these organisations comply with the new standards.  More than that however, has been the focus on assisting charities to get the most from meeting their new obligations by “telling their story” in a compelling way to their stakeholders.

RSM are delighted to support innovation and best practice.   We look forward to assisting our clients and contacts lift the bar of reporting best practice even further next year!

Full list of 2017 NZ Charity Reporting Award winners and highly commended

Tier 1

(Over $30m in annual expenses)

Winner: Comprehensive Care PHO 

Highly commended: The Electrical Training Company

Tier 2

(Between $2m and $30m in annual expenses)

Winner: Royal New Zealand Ballet

Highly commended: The Fred Hollows Foundation (NZ)

Tier 3

(Under $2m in annual expenses)

Winner: Kiwi Community Assistance Charitable Trust

Highly commended: Toy Library Federation of NZ

Tier 4

(Under $125,000 in annual operating payments)

Winner: The Waikato Society of Potters

Highly commended: ADC Incorporated .



Category winners, sponsors and CAANZ representatives at the inaugural Charity Reporting Awards (at left are Matt Connelly (Royal NZ ballet), Brendon Foy (RSM) and Wayne Tukiri (RSM)


Peter Vial ( CAANZ NZ Country Head) Matt Connelly (Royal NZ ballet), Brendon Foy (RSM) Sharon Orr (Fred Hollows Foundation NZ) Wayne Tukiri (RSM), Asmita Daji, (Fred Hollows Foundation NZ) Nicola Hankinson (Formerly Senior Policy Advisor CAANZ)


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Brendon Foy
Audit Partner
Wayne Tukiri
Audit & People Partner