The Royal Society of New Zealand is charged by its Act to: “To provide expert advice on important public issues to the Government and the community:”

The policy paper process spans a spectrum from responses to requests for information, to policies developed by Council. These processes vary in their approval, time consumption, and consultation. However, all resulting papers are intended to both inform policy-makers and be available for public attention. The Society also runs policy workshops to connect scientists and policy-makers, to allow discussion of key issues and to promote debate.