NZSA Honours

The NZSA recognizes contributions to the New Zealand statistical community through the Campbell, Littlejohn, Worsley and Jean Thompson awards, and Life Membership of the Association. The NZSA hosts distinguished overseas statisticians as Visiting Lecturers. The Executive has been considering a proposal to institute the honour of a Fellowship of the NZSA. 

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

Littlejohn Research Award  – The purpose of the award is to recognise excellence in research, based on publications during the five calendar years preceding the date of the award.

Worsley Early Career Award – The purpose of the award is to recognise outstanding recent published research from a New Zealand statistician in the early stages of their career.

Jean Thompson Award – This award recognises outstanding levels of impact in the application of existing or new statistical methods to New Zealand industry, and the exemplification of good statistical practice.

Life Membership – Honorary Life Membership honours persons with a long and distinguished record of service to the Association.

Visiting Lecturer  – The New Zealand Statistical Association coordinates and provides some financial support for a tour of New Zealand universities by a distinguished overseas statistician.

RSNZ Awards

The Academy Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand administers a suite of medals and awards, for some of which members of the NZSA will be eligible. Electronic copies of the information and application forms are available from; copies are also available on the Society’s website. Among past recipients of RSNZ awards are:

Ken Dodds2024Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ
Professor Estate Khmaladze2010Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ
Professor Mick Roberts2008Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ
Professor Keith Worsley2008Honorary Fellow of the RSNZ
Ross Ihaka2008Pickering MedalUA News
Professor Chris Wild2007Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ
Professor George Seber1997Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ
Professor Bryan Manly1994Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ
Professor Alastair Scott1990Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ
Professor Peter Whittle1981Honorary Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ
Professor Al Rae1973Fellow of the RSNZ
Alastair Scott2016Jones MedalRSNZ
Emeritus Professor David Vere-Jones2014 Jones MedalRSNZ
Len Cook2005Companion of the RSNZ
Professor Jeffrey Hunter2003New Zealand Science and Technology Bronze Medal
Professor Shayle Searle1999Honorary Fellow of the RSNZ
Professor David Vere-Jones1999Rutherford Medal (New Zealand Science and Technology Gold Medal)
Professor Bruce Weir1998Honorary Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ
Professor David Vere-Jones1982Fellow of the RSNZRSNZ

International and National Recognition of NZSA Members

NZSA members, resident in New Zealand or overseas, have received recognition in various forms for their contributions to statistics. The list below is not exhaustive – please notify the webmaster of any additions or corrections.

Professor Thomas Lumley2012Fellow of the American Statistical Associationreport
Professor Estate Khmaladze2011Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman2010Statistical Computing and Graphics Awardreport
Paul Murrell2010Fellow of the American Statistical Association
Professor Chris Wild2009Fellow of the American Statistical Association
Ken Dodds2007McMeekan Award; New Zealand Society of Animal Production
Professor Alastair Scott2006Waksberg Award; American Statistical Association and the Statistical Society of Canadanewsletter 64
Len Cook2005Commander of the British Empirereport
Professor Jeffrey Hunter2005D.Sc.; Massey Universitynewsletter 61
Sheila Williams2004D.Sc.; University of Otagonewsletter 60
Professor Bruce Weir2003O. Max Gardner Award; U North CarolinaNCSU report
Professor Shayle Searle2003Honorary Doctorate; Victoria University of Wellington
Professor George Seber1999Hector Medal (in Mathematical and Information Sciences)RSNZ
Professor David Vere-Jones1995Henri Willem Methorst Medal; ISI
Professor Peter Whittle1978Fellow of the Royal Societybiography
Professor Al Rae1977McMeekan Award; New Zealand Society of Animal Productioncitation

Conferences in Honour of NZSA Members

Professor Chin-Diew Lai2010International Conference on Statistical Methodologies and Related Topics in conjunction with NZSA Annual Conference (Massey University)
Professor John Deely2007University of CanterburyReport in newsletter
Professor Alastair Scott2004Complex sampling, retrospective sampling and missing data (IASS Satellite Meeting, University of Auckland)Report in newsletter
Professor David Vere-Jones2001Symposium, Victoria University of Wellington