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, for the purpose of advancing and promoting science and technology 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.
Also see: Royal Society of New Zealand Rules