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2019 Ihaka Lecture Series

Rise of the machine learners: Statistical learning in the compuational era Whether labelled as machine learning, predictive algorithms, statistical learning, or AI, the ability of computers to make real-world decisions is rising every year. The 2019 Ihaka Lecture Series brings together four experts at the interface of statistics and computer… Read More

MINZ 2019

Mathematics in Industry NZ 24-28 June 2019, University of Auckland Science Centre Mathematics-in-Industry NZ (MINZ) events offer a collaborative approach to industry problem solving, where mathematical scientists tackle real life problems shared by companies. This week-long intensive period of collaborative brain-storming is a great way of solving… Read More


1-4 October 2019, Hutt Valley High School, Lower Hutt NZSA is a sponsor for NZAMT16… Read More

2018 Joint NZSA and ORSNZ Conference

Tuesday 27th November – Friday 30th November 2018 Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand   The New Zealand Statistical Association (NZSA) and the Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) are holding a joint conference hosted by Massey University at their Manawatu campus in 2018. This conference incorporates both the… Read More

R-Ladies Auckland Meet-Up

DateR-Ladies Auckland Meet-upMore Information
29 November 2018 6-8pmTelling Stories with DataSpeaker:Kate Newton, RNZ
12 September 2018 6pmCreating Maps in RSpeaker: Sarah Marshall, AUT

50th anniversary of the Cormack-Jolly-Seber model

Just over 50 years ago, three papers appeared which independently described the fundamental approach for analyzing capture-recapture data. It is now called the Cormack-Jolly-Seber model. This anniversary is celebrated in the second issue of Statistical Science, 2016, guest edited by Steve Buckland and Byron Morgan. It features transcribed interviews with George Seber and Richard Cormack. In addition there are eight research papers that demonstrate how the capture- recapture area is still developing, with applications to genetics, social and medical areas, as well as ecology.


Steve Buckland presenting a copy of the issue to Richard Cormack in St Andrews University.





Rachel Fewster, a co-author of two of the papers in the issue, presenting a copy to George Seber, in the University of Auckland.




Byron Morgan presenting copies to George Jolly’s two daughters Heather Hannah and Fiona Davies. A third copy goes to their brother David Jolly, who lives in Saudi Arabia.




2014 Jones Medal: David Vere-Jones


We are delighted to announce that Emeritus Professor David Vere-Jones FRSNZ has been awarded the NZ Royal Society’s 2014 Jones Medal. This is in recognition of his lifetime achievement in statistics, including his major contributions to the theory of statistics, its applications, and to the teaching of statistics in New Zealand.

Congratulations, David!

See  for details.

Article by Graeme Wake, Massey University at Auckland here.

The full list of 2014 NZ Royal Society research awards is at

Note: Sharleen Forbe’s history paper ‘The coming of age of statistics education in New Zealand, and its influence internationally’ has just been published in the Journal of Statistics Education.  A section is devoted to the statistics education work of David Vere-Jones. See:

Congratulating Russell Millar

Outstanding Dedication and Exemplary Services as Biometrics Editor

RussellMillarRussell Millar (University of Auckland) received an award from IBS for Outstanding Dedication and Exemplary Services as Biometrics Editor, 2011-2013. He reports that the job was made all the more challenging due to the preponderance of submissions from the medical and genetics fields, and encourages active researchers in the Australasian region to continue submitting works in more diverse areas. In particular, the Biometric Practice section is ideal for works of a more applied nature if, for example, they demonstrate fresh insight from novel use of recent methodology. Russell has a paper in press with Biometric Practice, on using a modified deviance information criterion for comparison of Bayesian state-space models.

Russell has initiated a Bayesians’ research group, hosted by the University of Auckland  The obvious name for it was Bayesianz! At present it is running an active fortnightly seminar series. A topic of discussion at the November 2013 NZSA meeting was how best to make Bayesianz a group of relevance and benefit to all Bayesian researchers in New Zealand.