- 2023 NZSA Award Recipients
We are pleased to announce that the 2023 NZSA Award recipients are Xun Xiao (Worsley Award), Alain Vandal (Littlejohn Award) and Neil Cox (Jean Thompson Award).
- 2023 NZSA Best Student Presentations, prizes sponsored by Harmonic Analytics
2023 NZSA Best Student Presentations (from left to right):
Bethany Macdonald, Mia Biggs (Data Science Team Manager,
Harmonic Analytics), Amin Boumerdassi and Jessica Allen
The NZSA congratulates the winners of the 2023 NZSA Best Student Presentations.
Harmonic Analytics generously sponsored these prizes at the 2023 NZSA Conference.
- NZSA – SAPQC Reports 1990-1999 now in the Turnbull Library
During the 1990s, the NZ Statistical Association had an active Survey Appraisals and Public Questions Committee (SAPQC) which accepted statistics-related public questions and provided a professional response gratis if the matter was deemed to be in the public interest.
The reports produced by the SAPQC during the period 1990-1999 are now in the Turnbull Library in ...
- NZSA Conference, 4-6 December 2023, University of Canterbury – Registration now live
The 73rd annual New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) conference will be hosted by the University of Canterbury, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, at their Christchurch campus from Monday 4th December to Wednesday 6th December 2023.
Registration and abstract submission is now live at
Take advantage of early-bird registration which runs until September 30.
We look forward to seeing you ...
- NZSA Awards 2023 Call for Nominations
The NZSA Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the Association’s awards for 2023. The list of awards is:
Campbell Award, recognising sustained contribution to the promotion and development of statistics.
Jean Thompson Award, recognising excellence in the application of statistics in New Zealand industry.
Littlejohn Research Award, recognising excellence in research, based on publications during the five calendar ...
- NZSA Statement on University Funding and Proposed Job Cuts
The New Zealand Statistical Association wishes to add our organization to the list of those concerned about the proposed cuts at Otago and Victoria Universities, particularly as they are following closely on the heels of significant cuts at AUT, Waikato, and Massey Universities. These cuts will substantially impact New Zealand’s capability in research and university ...
- NZSA Newsletter 88 is out now!
It can be read here: https://www.stats.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/newsletter88.pdf
- 2022 NZSA Best Student Presentations, prizes sponsored by Harmonic Analytics
2022 NZSA Best Student Presentations (from left to right): Adam Bartonicek, Anna Redmond,
Bradley Drayton, Emma Doolin (Data Science Team Manager, Harmonic Analytics)
The NZSA congratulates the winners of the 2022 NZSA Best Student Presentations.
Harmonic Analytics generously sponsored these prizes at the 2022 NZSA Conference.
- 2022 NZSA Award Recipients
We are pleased to annouce that the 2022 NZSA Award recipients are Matt Edwards (Worsley Award), Ting Wang (Littlejohn Award), Ian Westbrooke (Jean Thompson Award) and Len Cook (Campbell Award).
- David Spiegelhalter interviewed by RNZ
David Spiegelhalter: Micromorts and superforecasting
Interview on RNZ Sunday Morning 11 December 2022.
Do speed cameras reduce the chance of death? How dangerous is flying? What’s the risk of passive smoking? Micromorts – units of risk equating to a one-in-a-million chance of death – can help answer these questions.
Mathematician and statistician David Spiegelhalter has done the numbers ...
- Ken Dodds awarded the Jones Medal
Congratulations to Ken Dodds, AgResearch, on been awarded the Jones Medal, for a lifetime achievement in pure or applied mathematics or statistics, by Royal Society Te Apārangi for his work developing and applying statistical methods for genetic data analysis that enable the use of low-cost genotyping in primary industries and ecology.
Kenneth G Dodds has ...
- Article by Len Cook on protecting statutorily independent functions
This article (https://www.stats.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Len_Cook_Independent_statutory_roles_and_Public_Service_Act.pdf) was published in the December 2022 https://issuu.com/ipanz.
- European Statistics Awards worldwide competition
Eurostat is organising the European Statistics Awards Programme, with worldwide competitions in the fields of nowcasting and web intelligence. The main goal of the competition is to discover promising methodologies and data sources that could be used to improve the production of European statistics. The first round is the European Statistics Awards for Nowcasting which ...
- NZSA Newsletter 87 is out now!
It can be read here: https://www.stats.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/newsletter87.pdf
- NZSA Awards 2022 Call for Nominations
The NZSA Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the Association’s awards for 2022. The list of awards is:
Campbell Award: This award recognises an individual’s sustained contribution to the promotion and development of statistics.
Jean Thompson Award: This award recognizes excellence in the application of statistics in New Zealand industry.
Littlejohn Research Award: This award recognizes excellence in ...
- NZSA Jean Thompson Award Established
The Jean Thompson award was established in 2022 and is named after the inspirational New Zealand Statistician C. Jean Thompson. This award celebrates statistical excellence by practitioners in New Zealand industry, including business, Crown Research Institutes, government agencies and departments, media, etc. The award celebrates the insightful use of statistical thinking and practice in solving ...
- NZSA Mentoring Programme Launched
The NZSA Mentoring Programme was launched in March 2022 with a webinar which was attended by over 60 NZSA members.
The first cohort of the mentoring programme is running from May–Oct 2022 and involves 14 mentor/mentee pairs. Participants expressed interest in being involved by completing a short survey with pairings being communicated in April.
More information about ...
- 2021 NZSA Award Recipients
We are pleased to annouce that the 2021 NZSA Awards recipients are Charlotte Jones-Todd (Worsley Award) and Russell Millar (Littlejohn Award).
- Our new website
Welcome to the NZ Statistical Association’s new website. Please be patient with us as we get all the content up and running.
- Chris Triggs wins 2020 NZSA Campell Award
2020 Recipient of the NZSA Campbell Award: Chris Triggs
Chris has made important contributions to statistics in New Zealand, particularly with regard to research and consulting. He is an accomplished researcher with an impressive collection of published articles and books. He has served on the editorial boards of Biometrics, and the Australia, New Zealand Journal of ...
- Royal Society Te Apārangi remembers celebrated mathematician Sir Vaughan Jones
It is with sadness we share news of the passing of Sir Vaughan Jones FRS Hon FRSNZ, aged 67, from the complications from an ear infection. Sir Jones will be remembered as a brilliant mathematician who made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics, scientific research and higher education.
Sir Vaughan Jones was born and raised ...
- New version of ANZStat mailing list
The old ANZSTAT mail list has now been replaced by ANZSTAT discussion forum, hosted by the Statistical Society of Australia.
This is a great place to connect with the statistical community, to have interesting discussions, and advise of jobs vacancies or upcoming events.
You can join the forum here https://www.statsoc.org.au/Discussion-forum.
There is also a nice YouTube video with ...
- Interview with Adrian Barnett
A fun interview on RNZ with Adrian Barnett (Statistician, QUT) from Sunday 23 August 2020:
Their paper is “Meta-Research: The growth of acronyms in the scientific literature”
Adrian Barnett, Zoe Doubleday
- George Seber interview on RadioNZ
Alcohol: A dangerous love affair?
While coping with the lockdown might have you reaching for the wine – or something stronger – George Seber would caution against that.
He’s an Emeritus Professor of Statistics at Auckland University and has crunched the numbers on the harm caused by the $4b New Zealanders spend on alcohol each year.
His book, ...
- COVID-19: Advocacy of statistical expertise
Acting on behalf of the NZSA, the President, Secretary and Immediate Past President sent the following email to the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, the Government Statistician and the Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Health
Dear Professor Juliet Gerrard, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
cc Mark Sowden, Government Statistician
Ian Town, Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of ...
- COVID-19 Resources
Statistical Society of Australia webinar on COVID-19 by by Nicholas Fisher and Dennis Trewin “Learning about the knowns and unknowns: The essential role of statisticians” is on the SSAI Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/naQZlpuWdbE
About this webinar:
Understanding and controlling the spread of COVID-19 is critically dependent on the availability of high-quality data to inform modelling and forecasting, and ...
- Obituary – Tom Robertson
Tom Robertson was the former Director Biometrics, Ministry Agriculture and Fisheries. He died in his 87th year.
His death notice was published in Dominion Post on Dec. 30, 2019
ROBERTSON, Thomas Gilchrist:
Formerly of Paraparaumu. Passed away peacefully on Saturday 28 December 2019, in his 87th year.
Much loved husband of the late Elva. Loved dearly by all his ...
- 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.
John Harraway’s career highlights the remarkable power of statistics to ...
- Kit Yates: Maths, a matter of life and death
Another RNZ podcast, as much statistical as mathematical
For example, statistics badly applied did lead to Sally Clarke’s death. And helped wrongly convict Angela Cannings, Trupti Patel and Donna Anthony for murders of their children also.
- Hadley Wickham – open source data wrangler
New Zealand-born data scientist Hadley Wickham is developing open source ways to help people collect and analyse the information that surrounds us every day.
He’s yet to meet a data set he doesn’t like and loves poring over his own heart rate statistics, hospital admissions data, and obscure surveys of national eating habits.
As well as revealing ...
- Sir David Spiegelhalter on Radio New Zealand
Sir David Spiegelhalter talks for 50 minutes with Kim Hill:
“In his new book The Art of Statistics the Cambridge Professor shares his passion for data, scientific evidence and risk, and how it’s reported to us.
So bacon kills? Well, not so much. And don’t get him started on average house prices.
He also collects thousands of coincidences, trying to separate blind ...
- Genetics Society of America Award to Bruce Weir
Genetics Society of America (GSA) Grants 2019 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education to Bruce Weir
Bruce Weir, PhD, of the University of Washington in Seattle is the recipient of the 2019 Genetics Society of America (GSA) Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education, in recognition of his work training thousands of researchers ...
- Prestigious award for Hadley Wickham
Kiwi Hadley Wickham has won a prestigious international statistics award for his outstanding contributions to the profession.
- Obituary – Ken Russell
Ken Russell (ex Victoria University of Wellington) passed away peacefully in Wollongong on 16 July after suffering from cancer, in his 69th year. Ken is survived by his wife Janet, and brothers Colin and Ian.
His funeral will be held on Tuesday 23rd July at 2pm, at St Mark’s Anglican Church, 433 Crown Street Wollongong.
In lieu of flowers ...
- Data Science curriculum frameworks for schools
INVITATION TO COMMENT on draft, BY 31 MAY 2019
The International Data Science for Schools Project (IDSSP) is an international collaborative activity to develop a curriculum framework for pre-calculus introductory course in Data Science for the last two years of high school, and to develop a parallel framework to teach teachers how to teach such a ...
- The present and future of tidy data