16 June 2006
Committee for the Study of the New Zealand Non-Profit Sector: Meeting Friday
16 June 2006
Statistics NZ reported that progress had been made since the last meeting on the
International Classification of Non-profit Organisations (ICNPO) coding of business
frame units.1 This exercise attempts to present information for groups of
organisations that share the same primary activity. Statistics New Zealand also
reported that its paper on defining the sector had been reprinted in the International
Journal of Not-for-Profit Law (May 2006, Volume 8, Issue 3, URL
The Committee noted that the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is undertaking a
survey of government agency funding of non-profits, at the request of the Minister of
the Community and Voluntary Sector. Statistics NZ has been cooperating with DIA
to develop data that will be appropriate for both the ministerial study and the non-
profit institutions satellite account.
The Committee discussed the process to-date of developing the Definitions Working
Paper (DWP). It was noted that there had been some time slippages mainly due to
the extra work that was involved in revising the paper. While the delay had caused
frustration all round, it was felt that the DWP would ultimately be a better product as a
result of the additional editing. It was agreed that the launch of the DWP would now
be in the middle of September 2006, but a date had yet to be finalised. The
Committee and the Massey research team will now need to revise the timetable for
future work in light of the delay to the publication of the DWP.
The Massey research team reported on the preliminary scoping of the Impact
Analysis task including a preliminary paper considering the roles/functions and
vulnerabilities of the sector hypothesised by Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The
Committee debated which sub-fields to focus on in-depth, as JHU suggests that case
studies be picked from within three areas: human services; promotion of economic
rights and pursuit of economic opportunity; and the promotion of basic human rights
or free expression2.
Peter McIlraith, a Committee Member representing the Combined Community Trusts
of New Zealand, and Andrew Rae from Statistics New Zealand, will be attending JHU
meetings about the international comparative study and non-profit satellite accounts
in Bangkok in July 2006. There will be representatives from a range of other
countries including Bangladesh, India, Japan, and Vietnam.
The business frame is a comprehensive list of economically significant businesses and other
undertakings in New Zealand engaged in the production of goods and services. Although being
institutionally non-profit in form, some non-profit institutions operate predominantly in the market to the
extent that their income is mainly derived from goods and services they provide at market (competitive)
For more information on the Impact Analysis – see the Johns Hopkins Working Paper The Non-Profit
Sector: For What and for Whom? URL http://www.jhu.edu/ccss/pubs/pdf/forwhat.pdf.