Code of Conduct

Draft Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics

1. This is a voluntary Code for all members of New Zealand Geographical Society Inc.

2. Members are expected to abide by this code, both in technical detail and in spirit, and honour their responsibilities to the profession, the public, and the environment.

3. Members are expected to comply with all laws and regulations, and all relevant codes of conduct that apply through their workplaces and their membership of other professional bodies.

4. Members have a responsibility to the public and are expected to ensure that any work or actions they undertake do not infringe on or damage the rights and freedoms of individuals, groups and/or society as a whole.

5. Members have an additional duty of care to the people they involve in their research to ensure that those people are not disadvantaged in any way through that participation.

6. Members carrying out work within New Zealand have a responsibility to act in accordance with the spirit of the Treaty of Waitangi.

7. Members are expected to protect the environment through wise and considerate research and management of it.

8. Members are expected to act with honesty, integrity and professionalism and to work within their level of competence.

9. When publishing research data, results, conclusions and critiques etc (in any format including oral presentation), members are expected to ensure that:

  • all work is fairly represented,
  • imitations to the research (e.g. through competency of the researcher, method, etc) are clearly presented,
  • intellectual property is correctly acknowledged, and
  • the contribution is without bias.


14. The material collected as the result of any research must be stored in a way that allows reconfirmation of any aspect of the research including contractual agreements, findings or conclusions, and which ensures that any confidentiality agreements or requirements can be upheld.

Note: This Draft Code was adopted by the Society at its AGM on 11 September 2002.  It is a living document and is to be actively discussed and the issues raised considered at biennial conferences.  Members are welcome to submit comments on the draft code and issues of application on the Contact Us form for publication on the Society's Forum page.

Member Benefits

The Society holds a biennial Geography conference.

Branches of the Society run lecture and seminar series for local members.

Membership of the Society entitles members to 3 issues of New Zealand Geographer.

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