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Property

The two Trust Boards own property on behalf of parishes and the Diocese.  The Trust Boards carry the legal responsibilities of owners while parishes carry the responsibilities of users, including maintaining the property buildings.


Faculties

No changes can be made to parish buildings without the approval of the Bishops; a formal process called a petition for faculty.  Statute 13 The Faculties Statute details the process that a parish should follow depending on the level of change desired.  A petition for faculty form will need to be completed and forwarded to the Diocesan Office for processing.


Maintenance

It is a parish's responsibility to maintain the property and buildings in its care.  It is recommended that parish vestries develop a maintenance plan to ensure that critical maintenance is carried out in a timely manner and to manage costs over time.


INSURANCE

Standing Committee is responsible for insuring all property occupied by a parish and the Registrar-Manager arranges for a revaluation of buildings every three years in order to ensure that insurance levels are appropriate.  The insurance scheme is run on a cooperative basis through the Anglican Insurance Board (AIB).  For more information please follow this link: Insurance.


Rates

Church Property that is used for religious purposes has historically been exempted from general rates imposed by local authorities (LAs). It is important to note that the exemption has been for general rates, not targeted rates, such as water, sewerage or other specific levies, and applies only to property used for some, but not all, religious purposes. Please read the attached for further information.


Civil Defence

Parishes should think about emergency preparedness.  Civil Defence New Zealand provides information and guidance for this.  There are local offices in both Taranaki and Waikato.


EARTHQUAKE

New Zealand is a seismically active part of the world. Major earthquakes are unpredictable events that occur infrequently and they can have significant consequences.

Earthquakes cannot be prevented but the impact of a seismic event can be mitigated.

The Building Act 2004 (the Building Act) expresses the Government’s objective for earthquake-prone buildings to be strengthened to the appropriate seismic standards, or alternatively all or part of a building be demolished.  It has an underlying objective to reduce the potential for injury, loss of life or damage to other property that may result from the effects on buildings of a moderate earthquake.

Additionally, the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 (OSH Legislation) provides a framework for an adequate facility for employees. Both of these statutes are currently being reviewed for possible amendment.

This policy and procedures framework is a ‘living document’ and will be subject to review in the light of changes to the regulatory environment or new knowledge.

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