Previous Events

International Statistical Ecology Conference 2020

You are now invited to submit an abstract for a presentation or poster at the International Statistical Ecology Conference (ISEC2020), to be held on June 22-26, 2020 in Sydney Australia.  Abstracts are due by December 2, 2019.  Bursaries are available to presenters from developing countries.   For details go to the conference website  … Read More

SSA Statistical Consulting Network 2020 Meeting, 7- 9 December 2020

Submit an abstract! We are proud to announce the Statistical Consulting Network 2020 Meeting, a virtual event where statistical consultants can connect, present their ideas, discuss best practice, and more!  The event will be held 7-9 December 2020 in three-hour sessions (11am-2pm AEDT), and will feature: A keynote talk… Read More

Statistical consulting in the 21st century

Open to NZSA members: We are proud to announce a special event later this month: a panel discussion on “Statistical consulting in the 21st century”, hosted jointly by the Statistical Consulting Network, the Canberra Branch and the Victorian Branch. Please see below for more details. Please note the… Read More

NZSA UnConference November 2020

University of Auckland 24-25 November 2020 The unfortunate events surround COVID-19 have meant that those NZSA members who were planning to attend our joint meeting with the SSA on the Gold Coast this July were unable to do so in person. Therefore the NZSA will run a mini conference on… Read More

Short Course – Modelling Ordinal Categorical Data

What: Short Course on Modelling Ordinal Categorical Data When: Thursday 13th February 2020, 11am – 4pm Where: Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus, HULT119 Cost: Free (Lunch provided)   Victoria University of Wellington School of Mathematics and Statistics is excited to announce that Distinguished Emeritus Professor Alan Agresti (University of Florida) will be taking a… Read More

AUT Mathematical Sciences Symposium 21-22 Nov 2019

The Mathematical Sciences Research Group (MSRG), Department of Mathematical Sciences, School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology is hosting a Symposium over the period Thursday 21st November – Friday 22nd November 2019. The symposium will be held at Auckland University of Technology, WF Building, AUT… Read More

NZ Statistical Association Conference 2019

We are delighted to announce the upcoming New Zealand Statistical Association Conference (NZSA2019), hosted by the University of Otago at our Dunedin campus and taking place during Otago’s 150th anniversary year. The main conference activities will take place from Tuesday, 26th November to Thursday 28th November, with an evening… Read More


What is CensusAtSchool? The only national survey to comprehensively chart children’s views of their own lives is taking place across New Zealand and the Cook Islands from March 4. This year, we ask kids about issues as wide-ranging as climate change, the amount of time they spend on digital devices,… 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

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

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
2 December 2019Dungeons and Dragons: Data exploration and visualisationSpeaker: Lina Berbesi
10 October 2019Spatial data and making mas in R (using sf and ggplot2)Speaker: Emily Harvey
21 August 2019PredictHQ's use of R for Event Impact Analysis and ranking systemsSpeaker: Dr. Xuxu Demi Wang
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.