Associations Incorporation Act 2009 No 7
11 Change of association’s name at direction of, or by, Secretary
(1) The Secretary may, by order in writing served on an association that has an unacceptable name, direct the association to adopt a new name.(2) Such a direction may be given whether or not the association’s name was acceptable when the association was registered.Note.Changing circumstances may mean that a name that was acceptable when the association was registered has since become unacceptable.(3) A direction:(a) must specify the grounds on which the association’s current name is unacceptable, and(b) must specify a date by which an application for registration of a change of name must be made (being a date no less than 2 months after the date on which the direction is given), and(c) must state that, if the application is not made on or before that date, the association’s name may be changed to its registration number, or the association’s registration may be cancelled, by the Secretary.Note.See subsection (4) for the Secretary’s power to change an association’s name to its registration number, and section 76 (1) (i) for the Secretary’s power to cancel an association’s registration, for failure to comply with a direction under this section.(4) The Secretary may change an association’s name to its registration number if satisfied that the association has failed to comply with a direction under this section for the change of its name.(5) After changing an association’s name to its registration number under this section, the Secretary must cause notice of that fact to be given to the association.(6) Any notice to be given to an association under subsection (5) must be sent:(a) by post addressed to the association at the association’s official address, or(b) if the Secretary suspects that the association’s official address is no longer in use:(i) by post addressed to the association at another address that appears to the Secretary to be an address that is used by the association, or(ii) by email addressed to the association at an email address that appears to the Secretary to be an email address that is used by the association.