About NZPsS

The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) was established in 1947 and later as a stand alone incorporated society in 1967.  It is the largest professional association for psychologists in Aotearoa/New Zealand with over 2000 practitioner, academic and student members or subscribers.

Members are able to access a range of benefits and services  to support them in their roles as practitioners, educators and researchers.

The Society aims to improve individual and community well-being by representing, promoting and advancing the scientific discipline and practice of psychology.

Structure of the NZPsS

The NZPsS is an incorporated society governed by an elected national executive and managed by an executive director and staff based in its national office in Wellington.

The Society has a branch structure which includes Institutes and Divisions which are specialist interests groups and Branches which link members in geographical regions.

Who belongs to the NZPsS?

The Society represents psychologists from a diverse range of sub-disciplines and work environments.

These include:

  • Academic and research psychologists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Community psychologists
  • Criminal justice/forensic psychologists
  • Counselling psychologists
  • Developmental and child psychologists
  • Educational psychologists
  • Health psychologists
  • Industrial and organisational psychologists
  • Kaupapa Māori psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Social psychologists
  • Sports psychologists
  • Student psychologists

Mission & Goals


The NZPsS aims to improve individual and community wellbeing by representing, promoting and advancing the scientific discipline of psychology and psychology practice.


Our mission is to:

  • Raise the profile of psychology and enhance its standing as a discipline and profession through all sections of New Zealand society
  • Ensure that all its policies and practices are responsive to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to New Zealand’s cultural diversity
  • Ensure that the New Zealand Psychological Society is a highly valued, proactive and successful professional body that operates to best practice principles
  • The Executive will, in consort with members, member groups, standing committees and representatives, take collective responsibility for the success of the Society’s mission

The NZPsS:

  • Promotes high standards of ethical and professional practice
  • Provides professional support and development to its members
  • Promotes and supportsbiculturalism in the profession
  • Represents psychologists to the Government, the public and the media
  • Promoting the discipline of psychology as a science

The values underpinning all parts of the NZPsS Strategic Plan are those stated in the four Principles on which the Code of Ethics is based, namely:

  • Respect for the dignity of persons and peoples
  • Responsible caring
  • Integrity of relationships
  • Social justice and responsibility to society