About the New Zealand Statistical Association

The NZ Statistical Association, founded in 1948, is New Zealand’s only association for professional statisticians. For a fuller description of the aims and activities of the NZSA, and background to this page, visit the aims and activities page. The NZSA is registered as a charitable entity.

The constitutional aims and objectives of the association are the encouragement of theoretical and applied statistics in New Zealand. To read the constitution in full, visit the constitution page.

To maintain professional standards, the 1995 annual conference the NZSA adopted a ‘Code of Ethics’ (see the Code of Conduct page).

The NZSA is managed by an Executive, who are introduced on the Executive page, and whose roles are described on the Committees page.

The association is an affiliated organisation of the International Statistical Institute, is a member body of the Royal Society of New Zealand and is part of the Mathematical Sciences Council of New Zealand.

Members of the NZSA receive The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics quarterly, and the NZSA Newsletter twice a year.

The NZSA holds an annual conference, in a one-, two- or three-day or co-hosting format as appropriate in the context of the year’s activities.


Membership of the NZSA

Membership Secretary

Harold Henderson
Statistics, AgResearch, Ruakura,
Private Bag 3123,
Hamilton, NZ.
Phone: (07) 838 5151
Fax: (07) 838 5012
Email: harold.henderson@agresearch.co.nz

Subscription Rates (NZ$):

NZ Overseas
Ordinary Member 80 85
Student or Retired 40 45
Ordinary Member – electronic journal only 75 80
Student or Retired – electronic journal only 35 40
SSAI Member (journal funded through SSAI membership) 50 55
Student (first year – see below) 0
Corporate 160

Members are offered the option of selecting electronic-only access to the journal at a reduced membership cost of $5 per member.

The first year of membership is free for senior students at NZ universities or graduates of NZ universities studying overseas, and not in full-time employment.

Corporate membership is available for employers of statisticians in New Zealand.

An Historical Note on Membership of the NZSA

From The History of Statistics in New Zealand, edited by Stan Roberts, with details corrected by Harold Henderson:

The membership increased slowly over the years, until by 1961 it had passed the 100 mark. However, paid up members accounted for only about 70 of these, and it was not until 1967 that fully paid up membership of 100 was achieved. In 1967 CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP was established, and eight such members joined. In 1973 membership passed the 100 mark, and corporate membership rose to 11. New members continued to be enrolled ‘ in 1976 the total membership was 305 individual and 43 corporate. Thus it took 18 years to reach 100, six more years to reach 200, and three more to reach 300. However, by 1986 the membership appears to have dropped to 253 individuals, 31 corporate and 3 life members. The reason for this drop appears to be that for a number of years the roll included many members who were neither active nor financial, and the new President, Dr P J Thomson, and a former Treasurer, Mike Doherty, went through the roll, carving off all these defunct members. In June 1998 the membership stood at 353. Within New Zealand there were 271 ordinary, 29 student, 2 life and 6 retired members. Overseas, there were 34 ordinary, 3 student and 2 retired members.