Greenpeace wins High Court appeal to be recognised as charity

TVNZ One News 10 August 2020
Greenpeace has today won a High Court appeal to be recognised as a charity.

It comes after the Charities Registration Board in 2018 declined Greenpeace New Zealand’s application to be registered as a charity.

“Today’s ruling is a significant victory for Greenpeace and all of the environmental advocacy groups and campaigners who work ensure Earth’s ability to sustain life in all its diversity,” said Russel Norman, Greenpeace NZ’s executive director.

“Twelve years after applying to be a charity, the High Court ruling in favour of Greenpeace is also a win for democracy in Aotearoa. Groups like Greenpeace, which challenge undue corporate influence and stand up for nature on behalf of future generations and the natural world, play a vital role in a healthy democracy. Protest and public good go hand in hand.”

The summary of the ruling considered the Charities Board was in error in declining Greenpeace NZ’s application for charitable status.

“Greenpeace NZ’s main activity is to advocate for the protection of the environment,” the High Court ruling states.
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