RGS Constitution

What's a Constitution

The campground is managed by the Rakaia Gorge Society. This is an incorporated society which is a non profit organisation. Under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 all societies must have a constitution or set of rules, that establish the purpose and how the camp will operate.

The camps' constitution can only be altered via a decision passed at the societies annual general meeting (AGM). The society must register all alterations with the Incorporated Society Register before they can become binding to its members. Our constitution was written in 1997 when the society was first registered, it has had a few alterations but basically remains the same document. But times they are a changing, see below.

RGS constitution - updated 01102021.pdf

Changes are coming

The 1908 Act

The aim of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 is to give guidance to the many New Zealanders who run societies. The Act is now more than 100 years old and needs updating to help volunteers govern and administer a society in today’s conditions.

The review process

In February 2014, the Government agreed to implement modern legislation that will help guide the sector into the future.

The Incorporated Societies Bill was released for public comment between October 2015 and June 2016. It aims to:

  • make societies more robust

  • help societies govern themselves

  • provide societies and their members with more constructive options when things go wrong.

In May 2019, the Government agreed to make a number of changes to the draft Bill before it was introduced.

The Bill in select committee.