The Royal Society Te Apārangi is an independent, not for profit founded in 1867 as the New Zealand Institute, a successor to the New Zealand Society. The Society is concerned with exploring, creating and celebrating the knowledge that is critical to a thriving New Zealand. This is achieved through public outreach, education and by supporting the research community and providing advice and information to government and the public on issues of public concern.

The Society Te Apārangi celebrates those at the top of their field with medals, awards and prizes. People can join as friends, affiliated members, professional members or be elected as fellows – keep up with the latest news and events.