NZ Statistical Association Conference 2019

Early-bird registrations close Monday  16 September 2019

We are delighted to announce the upcoming New Zealand Statistical Association Conference (NZSA2019), hosted by the University of Otago at our Dunedin campus and taking place during Otago’s 150th anniversary year.

The main conference activities will take place from Tuesday, 26th November to Thursday 28th November, with an evening welcome session on Monday, 25th November for those who arrive early.

We welcome all academic and industry statisticians, data analysts and practitioners to join us for this event.

Four talented keynote speakers have been confirmed:

  • Prof. Adrian Baddeley (Curtin University);
  • Prof. Martin Hazelton (Massey University/University of Otago);
  • A/Prof. Barbara Holland (University of Tasmania); and
  • A/Prof. Ivy Liu (Victoria University of Wellington).

Our aim is to celebrate statistics of all flavours, in particular given the growing student body at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

In addition to encouraging submission of contributed talks, we hope to schedule a formal poster presentation session given sufficient interest.

Abstract submission closes on Tuesday 1st October 2019.

This is a particularly good option for practicing statisticians and students alike, providing wall-art for decades to come!

The conference website is now live. Registration and abstract submission is open; costs, important dates and other relevant information can be found at

For any queries, please email

Looking forward to seeing you all down here!

Dr. Tilman Davies

Chair, NZSA2019 Organising Committee


R Ladies Meetup – Auckland

10 October 2019

Spatial data and making maps in R (using sf and ggplot2)

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019, 6:00 PM

G15, Science Building 303, University of Auckland
38 Princes Street Auckland, NZ

20 Members Attending

Hi All We are thrilled to have Emily Harvey back from the lightning talks to present a workshop using the sf package. **Overview** Having started using R for spatial data manipulation and analysis with the old sp package back in 2016, I was blown away by how much easier to use (and consistent with my tidyverse practice/code) the new sf package was,…

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Scam Emails

There have been emails circulating purporting to be from our President Vanessa Cave

and also emails which have not been sent out by the NZ Statistical Association. :

“Thank you very much for your participation in our study.

In connection with the study, we distributed five mobile phones and it is with great pleasure that we can inform you that you have been chosen.

Retrieve smartphone.”


“I am tied up right now, Can you purchase itunes gift card 6 pieces – $100 each?

I would reimburse you when am through,

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Australian Statistical Society and New Zealand Statistical Association Conference 2020


6 – 10 July 2020

ANZSC 2020 has been announced and will be on the beautiful Gold Coast, Queensland.

The theme for the 2020 conference is

Modelling Data for a Brighter Future

Name: ANZSC 2020

Venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Dates: 6-10 July 2020

Expected attendance: 400-500pax





Bayesian data analysis

Monday 11 November – Wednesday 13 November 2019 (Dr Matthew Schofield)   Bayesian methods are increasingly popular in many scientific disciplines. This workshop will cover the foundations of Bayesian methods with a focus on application. A variety of examples will be used to show how to fit Bayesian models using freely… Read More

R-Ladies Meetup – 10 October 2019

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Retirement after 54 years – on the third go

      Associate Prof John Harraway has taught for 54 years in the University of Otago’s mathematics and statistics department and is  a former president of the International Association for Statistical Education.  He talks to reporter John Gibb about his long career and his third and final retirement. Read More