Campbell Award

2018 Recipient: Rachel Fewster

It is a measure of Dr Rachel Fewster’s all round excellence that her achievements to date address the multiple criteria for the Campbell Award.

On research, Dr Fewster has an exceptional and sustained body of work developing improved methodology for estimation of population size and for understanding population dynamics, especially those of endangered species and invasive species.

Rachel has received several teaching awards, including twice being a recipient of the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (2003 and 2009).

Dr Fewster has been actively consulting with the NZ Department of Conservation and Regional Councils for many years, and she has developed software for citizen science, whereby individuals and community groups can directly see the value of statistics by actively participating in the collection (and analysis) of community trapping and monitoring data.


The purpose of the award is to promote statistics within NZ and to recognise an individual’s sustained contribution to the promotion and development of statistics.

Next Round

  • Next round opens: 20 July 2019
  • Next round closes: 30 September 2019

Nominations should be sent to Prof. Martin Hazelton, Convenor of the NZSA Awards Committee, by email (

Award Details

The criteria for the award are:

i) publication of an exceptional body of original statistical research undertaken within NZ; or,

ii) a prolonged and outstanding contribution to statistical education; or,

iii) playing a key role in consulting on major, innovative research projects that has direct relevance to NZ; or,

iv) making a leading contribution to the promotion of statistics within NZ over a sustained period.

  • The award is known as the NZSA Campbell Award.
  • One award will be given annually, at the NZSA annual dinner in conjunction with the annual conference. In exceptional circumstances, more than one award may be given in a year.
  • An award may not necessarily be given out each year.
  • Nominations can be made by individuals or groups of individuals. Nominators may be non-NZSA members. Nominations will include a statement of support from the nominator and may include names of suitable referees.
  • The award may only be given to fully paid up members of the NZSA. All membership categories are eligible.
  • Normally the award will only be given to a member once in their lifetime.
  • An awards convenor will be selected from the current executive who will oversee the process of calling for nominations. The executive will elect an awards panel consisting of the awards convenor and no fewer than two other fully paid up members of the NZSA. The panel will decide on that year’s recipient. The panel may call for any additional information from the nominators.
  • The awards panel will use suitable measures for each of the four criteria. These may include: for research, the publication record, and the originality, applicability, impact of the research; for contribution to statistical education, development of innovative teaching practices and curricula, development within other subjects, and development of links with other practices; for consulting, the project size, profile, application in a new area, rigour, relevance to solving real problems; and in promotion, the appropriate use of statistics and demonstrating the relevance of statistics. In all cases a record of achievement over an extended period is expected.

As the Campbell Award is usually presented at the Conference dinner, the deadline for nominations will usually be late in September.  A call for nominations will be sent to all NZSA members about two months prior to that. To make a nomination, please contact Martin Hazelton. The Awardee is presented with a plaque and a certificate, and is a guest of the presentation event.

Recipients of the NZSA Campbell Award are:
2018Rachel Fewster
1999Stan Robertsnews993.pdf page 3
2001Murray Jorgensennews021.pdf page 3
2003Harold HendersonOnline Newsletter 58, September 2003
2006Jeffrey HunterOnline Newsletter 64, September 2006
2008Sharleen ForbesOnline Newsletter 68, September 2008
2009David Vere-JonesOnline Newsletter 70, September 2009
2010Stephen HaslettOnline Newsletter 72, October 2010
2011Roger LittlejohnOnline Newsletter 74, March 2012
2011Alastair ScottOnline Newsletter 74, March 2012
2012Chris Wild
2013John Harraway
2014Shirley Pledger
2015Maxine Pfannkuch
2016Mike Camden
2017Jennifer Brown