Transition – Information for Members

The Royal Society of New Zealand is in the process of changing its membership structure. The period of transition is from September 2016 through to January 2017, with the new membership structure expected to be fully in effect (for new Members) from 1 January 2017.

This page provides updates and information for current Members of the Society about the transition from the previous membership structure.

Current Members will also be advised directly, by email, of the changes throughout the process of transition. Please direct all enquiries to membership@royalsociety.org.nz.

Timeline for transition

September 2016: Members were advised of pending changes to membership structure (THE LINK membership newsletter, September 2016).

September to November 2016: During the early stages of the transition period, no new applications for membership will be accepted. During that time, a form is available for those interested in joining to register their interest.

1 October 2016: New General Rules come into effect. Read them online.

November 2016: Announcement of updated membership categories, changes to existing membership categories, new fee structure and payment timetable. Overview and details of new membership structure now available online via www.royalsociety.org.nz/individual-membership.

November 2016: All current Members (financial at 1 November 2016) have been carried forward to their equivalent membership class (and work/rebate status) under the new structure. See table below for details.

January 2017: Membership applications (for new Members) will reopen with the launch of a new online join portal.

January 2017: Current Members will have the opportunity to select the membership class that most closely aligns with their career stage, experience and engagement. A web-based portal will be available in early 2017, enabling Members to select their future membership level. Members will be sent details by email and invited to log in to the portal when it is available.

January – March 2017: Current Members will be invoiced before the end of March 2017 for the transitional membership period from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2018. Members will receive 18 months membership for the cost of a 12 month subscription. Members will be invoiced for their equivalent membership class in the new structure, unless they have selected a different future membership level.

What’s changed (or changing) for Members

  • The Royal Society of New Zealand General Rules have been updated, effective 1 October 2016.
  • Eligibility criteria for membership have been tightened, and are now more clearly defined, with the aim of developing a membership that is engaged, competent and active in their particular discipline.
  • Membership year moves to align with the Society’s financial year. Membership year will now run from 1 July to 30 June.
  • Early Career Researcher status is available for Professional Members who qualify, and attracts a 50% rebate on the full subscription.
  • Retired Professional and Associate Members will receive a 75% rebate on the full subscription (was 50% rebate under previous scheme).
  • A new alternative to membership has been introduced. Friends of the Royal Society of New Zealand will be primarily interested in the Society’s public programme of lectures and events, in discounts on tickets and other offers, and in being kept informed through the Friends’ Forum. Annual subscription for Friends will be set substantially lower than full membership fees.
  • New features offered to Members will include an online Member Portal (where Members may login to update their record, check their fee balance and pay fees, and see customised membership content).
  • The Society’s Complaints Procedures have been updated, effective 2 September 2016.

Equivalent membership class in old and new membership schemes

All current Members (financial at 1 November 2016) have been carried forward to their equivalent membership class (and work/rebate status) under the new structure, even if they do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the new category.

Note: If current Members take no action before invoices are issued in March 2017, they’ll be invoiced at the equivalent membership class in the new structure. If you’d like to change membership class, or consider becoming a Friend, see below under What you need to do.

Old structure (prior 1 October 2016)

New structure (from 1 October 2016)

 

Annual subs

 

Annual subs

Professional Member

Professional Member (no rebate)

$138

Professional Member (no rebate)

$180

Professional Member Retired (50% rebate)

$69

Professional Member Retired (75% rebate)

$45

Professional Member ECR (50% rebate)

$69

Professional Member ECR (50% rebate)

$90

Associate Member (previously Standard Member)

Member (Standard Member) (no rebate)

$87

Associate Member (no rebate)

$120

Member (Standard Member) Retired (50% rebate)

$43.50

Associate Member (75% rebate)

$30

Student Member

Student (no rebate)

$30

Student (no rebate)

$30

Friend (new alternative to membership)

   

Friend (no rebate)

$30

 

Benefits of change for current Members

  • Eligibility criteria waived: Current members (those financial at 1 November 2016) will initially be carried forward to the equivalent class of membership in the new structure, regardless of whether they meet the new minimum eligibility criteria.
  • Opportunity to change: Members have the opportunity to select the membership class that most closely aligns with their career stage, experience and engagement. A web-based portal will be available early in 2017, enabling Members to select (apply to change to) their future membership level. For Members who opt to change membership class, the new eligibility criteria will apply.
  • 18 months for 12 month sub: Current Members will be invoiced in March 2017 for the transitional Membership period from 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2018. Members will receive 18 months membership for the cost of a 12 month subscription.
  • Option to shift to Friend: Depending on how they hope to benefit from and contribute to membership, current Members may choose to become a Friend rather than continue as a Member.
  • Low cost options: increased rebates will reduce fees for retired Members; becoming a Friend of the Society is a low-cost alternative to membership.
  • Member portal: the introduction of an online portal will make it easy for Members to update their details, and check and pay fees.

What you need to do

If you do nothing: You’ll be invoiced by the end of March 2017 for membership at the equivalent membership class under the new structure. See the table above for details.

If you wish to change to a different membership class: During January 2017, we’ll send all Members login details for the new Member Portal. You should apply via the portal before 10 March 2017 to change membership class. New eligibility criteria will apply.

If you wish to become a Friend instead of a Member: During January 2017, we’ll send all Members login details for the new Member Portal. You should indicate via the portal, before 10 March 2017, if you wish to become a Friend rather than renew your membership. Your membership will be deemed resigned. No eligibility criteria apply – anyone may become a Friend of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

If you don’t want to continue as a Member, or switch to become a Friend: you may lodge your resignation via the Member Portal once you receive your login; or email membership with “Resign from membership” in the subject line.

Where to find information for Members

Enquiries

Please direct all enquiries to membership@royalsociety.org.nz.