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How Companions are selected

The process for deciding whether an award should be made to a person nominated for Companion (CRSNZ).

The consideration of nominations for Companion takes place once a year, following the end of April cut off date for nominations received. The process is as follows:

Selection of Companions

  • The Academy Executive Committee considers each nomiantion against the criteria outlined in the Royal Society of New Zealand Act 1997, namely that the person has:
    • shown outstanding leadership in science, technology, or the humanities; or
    • made eminent or sustained contributions to the promotion and advancement in New Zealand of science, technology, or the humanities.
  • The Council shall consider the advice of the Academy Executive Committee, and shall decide whether to approve or decline each nomination. If approval is given, the nominee shall be invited to accept Companion Membership