Date posted: 07/05/2021

Winners of NZ Charity Reporting Awards announced

The Charity Reporting Awards recognise best practice and consistency in financial reporting standards by charities.

In brief

  • CA ANZ’s latest Charity Reporting Awards winners and highly commended are announced
  • The awards recognise charities that have embraced reporting requirements and are innovative in their communications with stakeholders
  • In 2021 there was a record number of first-time entries

The winners and highly commended in the 2021 New Zealand Charity Reporting Awards have been announced with Comprehensive Care PHO winning the Tier 1 award for large charities for the second year in a row.

A new sustainability award to encourage charities to look at their impact on the environment and society was shared by Wellington's ZEALANDIA/Karori Sanctuary Trust and Kaipātiki Project Incorporated.

The awards, organised by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), recognise best practice among registered charities in adopting financial reporting standards which give greater transparency and consistency across the sector.

Peter Vial FCA, New Zealand Country Head for CA ANZ said there was a record number of first-time entries for the awards in 2021, three of which took home an award.

It is great to see more charities focusing on good financial reporting, recognising this is not just about making the books look good, but also about charities showing their best face to their communities.

With many charities under pressure because of the pandemic, inspiring community confidence in their operations, and their causes, is more critical than ever for New Zealand's charities.

First place winners in each of the four tiers received a $1000 prize. The highly commended in each tier and the prize winner received a $500 prize while the Sustainabilty Award winners received $250 each. The prizes are sponsored by chartered accounting firms BDO, RSM, Grant Thornton, William Buck and PKF, and CA ANZ.

The winners

Tier 1 (Over $30m in annual expenses) – Winner: Comprehensive Care PHO

Comprehensive Care works with health providers and the community in the west and north of Auckland. It develops and supports programmes and services for patients who are enrolled through their family doctor to benefit from access to appropriate and affordable services.

Comprehensive Care PHO Annual Report

Highly Commended – Vision West Community Trust

Based in West Auckland, Visionwest provides wraparound support services including, housing, youth employment and education, budgeting, counselling, home-based healthcare for the elderly and those with disabilities, food support, early childhood education, and whānau services delivered within a kaupapa Māori framework. It also provides home healthcare services throughout Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, and housing services in Canterbury.

Vision West Community Trust Annual Report

Tier 2 (Under $30m in annual expenses) – Winners: ZEALANDIA/Karori Sanctuary Trust

Wellington's urban eco sanctuary ZEALANDIA is having an ever-increasing impact on its community through its work in conservation, restoration, education, visitor engagement and research. The transformation in biodiversity is now being matched by a transformation in the way people are valuing the natural world and taking action in their own backyards to connect with and nurture nature-rich spaces.

The Karori Sanctuary Trust, trading as ZEALANDIA, manages ongoing conservation and restoration work at ZEALANDIA sanctuary.

Zealandia Annual Report

Highly Commended: The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

The foundation focuses on preventable and treatable diseases such as cataracts and diabetes eye disease. It trains local doctors, nurses and health care workers and gives them the technology they need. It also undertakes research, builds new clinics and comes up with innovative ways to reach people in need.

Tier 3 (Under $2m in annual expenses) – Winner: Parent Aid North West

Parent Aid North West's dedicated staff have been supporting and strengthening whanau in the North West Auckland area for the past 19 years by providing free practical home help.

Parent Aid North West Annual Report

Highly Commended: Bellyful NZ

Bellyful nourishes and connects communities by cooking and delivering meals to whānau, with babies or young children, who need support.

Bellyful NZ Annual Report

Tier 4 (Under $125,00 in annual operating payments) – Winner: Citizens Advice Bureau Tauranga

Citizens Advice Bureau Tauranga is able to make a difference to members of its community because it has empathy, is not judgemental and its service is confidential and free. It also empowers its clients to work through their own issues with pathways to solve.

Citizens Advice Bureau Annual Report

Highly Commended: Track Zero

Track Zero aims to deliver creative platforms, collaborating with the arts, sciences and others, to inspire transformative climate action, working together to build a resilient, carbon-neutral society that is fair for all.

Track Zero Annual Report

Sustainability Award - Joint Winners: ZEALANDIA/Karori Sanctuary Trust & Kaipātiki Project Incorporated

Wellington's urban eco sanctuary ZEALANDIA is having an ever-increasing impact on its community through its work in conservation, restoration, education, visitor engagement and research. The transformation in biodiversity is now being matched by a transformation in the way people are valuing the natural world and taking action in their own backyards to connect with and nurture nature-rich spaces. The Karori Sanctuary Trust, trading as ZEALANDIA, manages ongoing conservation and restoration work at ZEALANDIA sanctuary.

Based in Auckland's North, Kaipātiki Project is an environmental organisation inspiring people to share in nature's revival and live lightly on this planet. With 800 volunteers each year, it runs a thriving native plant nursery and grows 40,000+ plants that are planted in local reserves.

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