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Council elections

Each year we hold elections for positions on the Royal Society of New Zealand Council, the governing body of Royal Society Te Apārangi.

2019 Council elections

We are currently running elections for one position on the Royal Society of New Zealand (Te Apārangi) Council to commence 1 July 2019:

  • Councillor representing Early Career Researchers for a three-year term  (View candidates)

Voting will open shortly. 

Role of Royal Society of New Zealand (Te Apārangi) Council members

 All Councillors must have:

  • Strategic perspective, vision
  • Mana, integrity, courage, passion for Society
  • Emotional intelligence, listening skills, openness
  • Network of value to Society
  • Governance understanding
  • Criticality
  • Appreciation across research/scholarship/innovation


The Council meets typically 6 or 7 times annually.  In association with Council meetings there may be other activities. Hence two of the meetings each require two days of commitment and the other Council meetings normally one day.  Councillors also host Research Honours Aotearoa which takes about another day.  New Councillors also have a one-day induction. With the necessary reading time, the minimum core time requirement is about 100-120 hours (12-15 days).

Additionally, Councillors may be called on to serve on specific working groups, to host public lectures or speakers in their locality, or to represent the Society from time to time. Such work tends to come in small time slots, but may take up to a further 25-40 hours per year, some of it outside business hours.

Councillors work as volunteers, and whilst their reasonable travel and accommodation costs, public liability and professional indemnity insurance costs are met, there is no honorarium or other payment for their service.