22/01/2021·2 mins to read

New Trust Act comes into force on 30 January: are you ready?

The Trusts Act 2019 comes into force on 30 January. It will have a big impact on the administration of most trusts in New Zealand - including family, charitable, and some commercial trusts.

There’s a lot for trustees and settlors to get their heads around, so to help you out our trust experts have created 3 easy-to-use guides below that cover the key features of the Act, disclosure obligations, and what you need to do to comply with the Act.

Charitable Trusts

The Act will apply to charitable trusts, established for charitable purposes, as well as some other trusts established for purposes permitted at law.

However, there are important differences in how the Act applies to these trusts - especially given that they may exist indefinitely and their focus is their purposes, not “beneficiaries”.

Our trust experts have created 2 easy-to-use guides below that cover key features of the Act specific to charitable and other purpose trusts.

Get in touch

Contact our experts to discuss how the new Act will affect you, and for advice on reviewing trusts and forming an action plan.


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