The mission of the Academy is to honour, recognise and encourage outstanding achievement in the sciences, technologies and humanities as well as to assist and support the activities of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Its objectives are to:
- recognise outstanding achievements in the sciences, technologies and humanities;
- encourage and stimulate high standards of endeavour and achievement in the sciences, technologies and humanities;
- reward excellence in the broad areas of science, technology and humanities covered by the Academy and;
- provide independent and non partisan advice to the Royal Society of New Zealand Council, government policy makers and the wider community, on science, technology and the humanities.