An anti-immunisation group has been stripped of its charitable status after it was deemed to be a political lobbyist.
The Charities Commission has deregistered the Immunisation Awareness Society, meaning it can no longer claim tax exemption as a charity.
The society has campaigned against immunisation, with opponents claiming that it used parent groups and midwives to spread anti-immunisation material.
The society has accused the Health Ministry and district health boards of using “fraud”, “discrimination” and “coercion” to push immunisation on children and parents.
In its decision released late last month, the commission said the society’s main purpose was clearly political, not charitable.
The society argued it was educating people about immunisation, but the commission disagreed, finding its information was not balanced or neutral.
In a statement, society chairwoman Eugenie Kruger said she did not agree with the commission’s decision but would not be challenging it. The Immunisation Awareness Society continues to promote dangerous anti-vaccination propoganda.