The aims of the Society are:
- To advance the education and application of soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology among engineers and scientists
- To advance the practice and application of these disciplines in engineering
- To implement the statutes of the respective international societies in so far as they are applicable in New Zealand
- To ensure that the learning achieved through the above objectives is passed on to the public as is appropriate
The New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) is the affiliated organisation in New Zealand of the International Societies representing practitioners in soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology. Full members of the NZGS must be affiliated to at least one of these societies.
NZGS is also affiliated to the Engineering New Zealand as one of its collaborating technical societies.