Code of Ethics


(a)  Development is sustainable    and encompasses the    social, spiritual, cultural and economic well-being of the people.

(b)  Never undertake an activity unless it is initiated and supported by the community and its leaders.

(c)  The ultimate test of development policies is their long-term effect on the lives of the vulnerable and marginalized members of the community, especially women and children.

(d)  Sustainable development involves the use of all resources for the benefit of future as well as present generations.

(e)  Issues of human rights, gender, environment and equality must be paramount in the undertaking of any development activity.

(f)   The Treaty of Waitangi is fundamental to development in Aotearoa/New Zealand and to our perspective of development issues internationally

(g)  Development education in Aotearoa/New Zealand is an integral part of all development activities.

(h)   In all promotional activities members should ensure that the dignity and privacy of our partners is recognized and respected.

(i)     All promotional, educational and fundraising activities should be consistent with the above principles.

Members of NZCHET commit themselves to:

a)     Treat all stakeholders with respect, honesty, dignity and courtesy at all times.

b)     Recognize the bi-cultural basis of Aotearoa/New Zealand society and be committed to fostering the spirit and upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

c)     Accurately represent its purpose and practice and cost structures to all stakeholders.

d)    Use factual and accurate information in public publications, media releases or other representations.

e)    Follow ethical fund raising practices that are respectful of the recipients and do not use exploitative or misleading images.

f)     Act with integrity at all times.

g)   Oppose and not knowingly be a party to any corruption, oppression or exploitation of the local recipient community.

h )   Uphold the principles of the Code of ethics at all times.

Governance Structure


NZCHET is a non-profit organization.

NZCHET will pay only the expenses of their workers and volunteers.

NZCHET will not establish activities that are not initiated and supported by the people whose lives they affect.

NZCHET activities do not support private enterprise but instead sustainable community activities and enterprises that eleviate poverty, support education and health and lead to self-determination and self-reliance.

NZCHET does not tolerate nepotism with regard to allocation of positions or resources.

NZCHET will not tolerate gender, religion or race discrimination.

NZCHET will protect the human rights of all people, ensuring a standard of acceptable behavior be maintained at all times and by all trustees and volunteers working under its banner.

NZCHET will inform all trustees and volunteers on cultural and social practices pertaining to the people they are working with to avoid misunderstanding and maintain respect.

NZCHET will not undertake any activity without considering the environmental impact and where possible avoid the use of fossil fuels.

NZCHET will at all times protect and assist the weak or infirmed.

NZCHET will protect and respect the privacy of all community members and be mindful of media exposure and advertising.