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Notices & News

  • R Meet Up: Auckland

    16:30, Thursday, 21st April 2016

    Big Data Processing in the Square Kilometre Array Project

    Dr Andrew Ensor

    Date and Time
    16:30 ~ 18:00SKA1_AU_closeup_midres_original
    Thursday, 21st April 2016
    MLT3, Room 101, Level 1
    Building 303 Science Building
    38 Princes Street, The University of Auckland

    The Square Kilometre Array Project is the largest mega-science project of the next decade. It presents numerous computing challenges, particularly in its central signal processor that will process terabytes of incoming data every second, and in its science data processor with Exascale compute requirements. This talk will outline some of the Big Data challenges the Project faces and designs that seek to overcome the limitations of current technologies.

    Dr Andrew Ensor is the Director of the High Performance Computing Research Laboratory at AUT University. His research interests include HPC and GPU computing, distributed and mobile system, algorithms, concurrency and computer graphics. Andrew is also the Director of the New Zealand Alliance, a group of over thirty NZ academic and industry partners working on the Exascale computer design for the Square Kilometre Array Project.

    Refreshments will be provided after the presentation. Thanks to our sponsors: NZSA and Harmonic Analytics Ltd

    • Paid off-street parking available on Princes Street
    • Bus stop on Alfred Street (in front of the Library). Please visit AT Page for public transport.
    • Enter the 303 building and look for the Meetup signs Meetup


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  • 2016 NZSA conference

    27-30, November (hosted by AUT)

    The 2016 NZSA conference will be hosted by Auckland University of Technology (AUT).    Again it will be held in conjunction with the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) conference.

    AUT’s city campus

    Sunday 27 Nov – informal evening welcome
    Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 Nov – joint conference

    The co-chairs of the conference organising committee are Priya Parmar ( and Sarah Marshall (

    A facebook group for discussion on the conference has been set up, which you are welcome to join:

    As well as the usual emails, announcements will be made publicly on the twitter account @autbiostats,  using hashtag #nzsa16 for associated tweets (like last year).


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  • Geoff Jowett (Geoffrey Harcourt Jowett)  died peacefully in the presence of members of his family on 18 December, 2015.  He was aged 93.

    Geoff was a life member of the Association.  He arrived in New Zealand in 1964 to take up the chair in statistics at the University of Otago, and after several years moved to the Invermay Agricultural Research Centre to work as head of the biometrics section there.  Many Association members will remember him as an inspiring and entertaining lecturer and speaker, a colleague or mentor and a friend.  He will also be remembered for his work in introducing, in conjunction with another (late) life member, H.S. (Stan) Roberts, statistical education into New Zealand schools.

    Click here for the NZ Statistician article on Geoff on the occasion being made a life member of the NZSA in 1984.

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  • 2015 Conference Photos

    NZSA-ORSNZ 2015

    See photos from the 2015 conference:


    Photo of student talk prize winners: Roy Costilla, Sarah Pirikahu, Shirley Wu (Harmonic Analytics), Anjali Gupta, Maarten Kruijver, Martin Hazelton (NZSA President)


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  • Tuesday 24 November


    University of Canterbury, in Wheki Room 2.02 on the Dovedale Campus.
    See grid reference B3 on


    The AGM is to be held during the NZSA conference at the conference venue, however you need not be registered for the conference to attend the AGM. A copy of the  minutes from the last AGM are available at: Reports from the various NZSA officeholders and committees are becoming available there as well.

    For more information on the role of the AGM, the NZSA committees, and elections of officers, see the NZSA constitution  and polices



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Young Statisticians

Courtney Jones, from the NZTA, is the Young Statistician’s Representative.

Visit the Young Statistician’s page for more details.

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Last Modified: Thursday, 14th January 2016