Painting above is from "Random Numbers", Peter James Smith (1977). Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection. View entire painting

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  • Wellington Statistics Group

    Wednesday, Feb 21 at 6pm in Rutherford House Lecture Theatre 3

      Three brief talks are planned:

    1. Current challenges for the statistical community, and new insights on old challenges — suggested topics for future meetings (John Maindonald)
    2. The new degree programme at Victoria University of Wellington (Richard Arnold)
    3. The place of methods and concepts of official statistics in the widening of data access and use (Len Cook)

    Following the talks, there will be a discussion on the preferred style, content, and format of meetings that may best serve the Wellington statistics community.

    Please pass on the details that follow to anyone who may be interested.


    John Maindonald has had a long experience as an applied statistician.

    Richard Arnold is Associate Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Victoria University of Wellington.

    Len Cook was New Zealand Government statistician from 1992 to 2000 and UK National Statistician from 2000 to 2005.



    On the current list of possible topics for future meetings are the following:

    • New buzzwords in the style of “data mining,” “analytics,” and  “data science”;
    • “Statistics and AI”;
    • “The Limits of Models”;
    • perennial issues with the misuse of statistical tools;
    • The reproducibility crisis in science;
    • Insights on human statistical intuition such as are explored in Kahneman’s book “Thinking Fast and Slow.”

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  • MINZ 2018

    Mathematics-in-Industry Study Week

    AUT Auckland, 25-29 June 2018

    MINZ flyer 2018

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  • The Role

    AgResearch Statistics team supports scientific research in a range of areas to the benefit of the pastoral agricultural sector. We are seeking two highly motivated and experienced individuals for the roles of Statistician and Senior Statistician. The appointees will advocate statistical principles, working collaboratively with scientists to provide appropriate statistical advice. This is an excellent opportunity to use your experience and knowledge of statistical consulting and collaborative research to contribute to scientific discovery in New Zealand. These are permanent positions and ideally will be located at our Palmerston North campus, however an appointment at our Lincoln campus can be considered for the right candidate.

    Key Accountabilities include

    For both roles:

    • Design of experiments
    • Modelling, analysis and interpretation of scientific data
    • Contribute to high-quality research and scientific publications
    • Identify and provide appropriate solutions to one-off and ongoing statistical issues

    For the Senior role:

    • Have full responsibility for the statistical aspects of scientific research projects
    • Make a significant contribution to scientific research through the application of innovative and/or specialised statistical methods
    • Mentor junior members of the team

    About you

    • As a minimum have a postgraduate degree or advanced diploma in statistics or a closely related field
    • Have experience in statistical consultancy/collaboration
    • Be proficient in statistical packages such as R, Genstat, SAS
    • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrate the ability to articulate complex technical information to collaborators
    • Be willing to upskill in order to meet the challenge of new scientific data (capability in big data analytics would be an advantage)

    In addition, for a senior appointment you should

    • Have a PhD in Statistics (or a closely related field) or have extensive experience in statistical consulting
    • Have a minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience in statistical consulting and collaboration
    • Be able to demonstrate thought leadership ability in statistical science

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  • Vacancies at Otago University

    Lecturer and Post-doctoral Fellow

  • John Koolaard


    John KoolaardIt is with great sadness that we write to let you know that our friend and colleague John Koolaard passed away yesterday, after a battle with cancer.

     John was the Team Leader of the AgResearch Statistics Team in Grasslands, and as many of you will know, a regular face at NZSA conferences.

    The photo of John is from the AgResearch team meeting in May 2017.

    A service for John was held at 11am, Monday 15 January 2018, at the Reformed Church ,  541 Ruahine St, Palmerston North (opposite Winchester School).

    The link to the live streaming of the service is

    Should you wish to send a message to John’s family, Ganesh ( in the cc) is happy to deliver it.

    John will be missed as a colleague and friend by us all.

    AgResearch Statistics Team

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More News

Student and Early Career Statisticians

Lisa Hall from Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre, is the Student and Early Career Statistician’s Representative.

Visit the Young Statistician’s page for more details.

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Last Modified: Thursday, 15th February 2018