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Our Act

We are an independent, statutory not-for-profit organisation constituted under an Act, with the latest amendment in 2012 when we embraced the humanities.

In the name and on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second I hereby assent to this Act this 14th day of July 1997.

- Governor General

The Royal Society of New Zealand is constituted under the Royal Society of New Zealand Act 1965, and continued by the Royal Society of New Zealand Act 1997, amended in 2012, for the purpose of advancing and promoting science, technology and the humanities in New Zealand.

In March 2012 the Act was amended in order to allow the Royal Society of New Zealand to:

(a) incorporate the discipline of humanities into its object and functions;
(b) rename the Academy Council the Academy Executive Committee;
(c) amend the standard for the election of Companions of the Society; and
(d) amend the election process for Councillors of the Society.

Read the Royal Society of New Zealand Act 1997, incorporating the 2012 Amendment Act.