A bureaucratic stuff-up may end up costing the New Zealand Software Association. It has been removed from the register of incorporated societies after failing to file accounts since its inception in 1999.
The NZSA is one of 1200 incorporated societies that were dissolved from the register on August 5 due to outstanding financial accounts for 2000 and 2001. Following a recent large-scale review, registrar Neville Harris was satisfied under section 28(1) of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 that the societies were no longer carrying on their operation.
Ministry of Economic Development communications advisor Margaret Voss says incorporated societies are not removed lightly. She says societies can be removed when a society fails to satisfy legislative requirements, such as failing to file annual accounts. Societies are notified and given an opportunity to rectify the breach, but if they do not they can be removed.
NZSA president Rollo Gillespie, who has been in the role for less than a year, was not aware of the removal or of the notification. However, he says the NZSA will take the steps necessary to be re-instated.
The NZSA will have to pay a fine and furnish accounts for the past three years.