Who can join?

Engineers, scientists, technicians, contractors, students and others who are interested in the practice and application of soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology.

Admission to membership of the Society is subject to the approval of the Management Committee.  See our rules for full details.

Membership categories

Standard membership categories

Full Membership is our standard category of membership, open to all suitable individuals.

Student Membership is available for bona-fide full-time students of any tertiary institution in New Zealand who have an interest in the practice or application of soil mechanics, rock mechanics and engineering geology.

Honorary membership categories

Life Membership is awarded by the Management Committee to recognise unusual service to the Society.  To nominate an individual for Life Membership contact the Secretary.

Long Service Membership is a special category of membership to recognise members who have made contributions to the society over many decades.  It may be conferred on any person who has been a full member of the Society for a continuous period in excess of 40 years. Short breaks in the continuity of membership may be waived at the discretion of the Management Committee. Applications for Long Service Membership shall be made by the member to the Secretary.

Life members and Long service members are not required to pay a subscription (except where an affiliation to an International Society is desired).

Honorary membership categories


The annual subscription fee for NZGS membership is $135 plus GST. Additional membership fees (excl. GST) for affiliated international societies or associations are as follows:

IAEG includes bulletin$40.00

How to join


Full Members are required (and Student Members encouraged) to affiliate to at least one of the International Societies.