National List MP Parmjeet Parmar has welcomed the passing of the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Amendment Bill.
The Bill was presented to Parliament as a Private Bill by the Auckland Regional Amenities Board and sponsored by Ms Parmar.
It corrects an anomaly in the financial reporting requirement under the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act 2008 which clashed with a financial reporting requirement under the Charities Act 2005.
Amenities affected include the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, NZ Opera, Auckland Theatre Company, Auckland Arts Festival, Stardome Observatory, Coastguard Northern Region, Surf Life Saving Northern Region, Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and Watersafe Auckland / Drowning Prevention Auckland.
“This Amendment removes an unnecessary burden on specified amenities in the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act by aligning the financial reporting requirements of those amenities with the reporting requirements of other charities under the Charities Act,” Ms Parmar says.
“It was a privilege to be the sponsor of this Bill. I am pleased it passed with a retrospective validation for specified amenities that have been complying with the Charities Act requirements that came into force in 2015,” Ms Parmar says.