Family First stripped of charity status


Family First has been stripped of its charity status.
The Charities Registration Board said in a decision the reason was “because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes”.
“The board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable,” chairman Roger Holmes Miller said.
In April 2013, the board removed Family First from the Charities Register for the same reason but that decision was appealed in the High Court.
In June 2015 the High Court directed the board to reconsider its decision in light of a 2014 Supreme Court Greenpeace judgment and its own judgment.
This decision represents the board’s reconsideration of Family First’s eligibility for registration.
National director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie, said it was filing an appeal to the decision in the High Court at Wellington. NZME

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