The NZ Modelling User Group (NZMUGS) is a sub-group of the Transportation Group, dedicated to promote the interests of transport modelling within NZ. It is the intention that NZMUGS will represent all aspects of modelling including static/ deterministic, micro-simulation, wide-area/ strategic modelling, passenger transport modelling, as well as emerging areas as pedestrian and accessibility modelling.

The NZMUGS Conference provides a significant opportunity for researchers, engineers, modellers and other practitioners in the transportation modelling fraternity to discuss current developments with macroscopic, static/ deterministic, micro-simulation, wide-area/ strategic modelling, passenger transport modelling as well as emerging areas such as pedestrian and accessibility modelling.

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NZMUGS 2023 Conference – Registrations are open!

The New Zealand Modelling User Group (NZMUGS) would like to invite registrations for the 2023 NZMUGS Conference, to be held at the Grand Millennium in Auckland on the 9 – 10 of October 2023.

This is the 16th annual conference to be held by NZMUGS which is dedicated to promoting the interests of modelling in the New Zealand transportation industry. The group aims to give a unified voice for modelling issues with consultants and clients working together to improve standards, highlight innovations and debate topical issues.

The theme of this years conference is:

What is the role of transport modelling in fostering diverse communities?

  • Does our own travel behaviour affect modelling outcomes?
  • Is representing the “average” good enough for 2023?
  • Modellers: button pushers or influencers?
  • Who decides what outcomes are desirable? The professionals or the people?

Registration Details

Early bird has closed but general registrations are still open! Registration to the 2023 conference includes:

  • Conference attendance for both days (9 and 10 October), including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Conference Dinner on Monday 9 October including pre-dinner drinks

The conference registration page can be found here

The draft programme can be viewed here

We hope to see you there!

Links to NZMUGs historic documents are available:


Past conference papers:

Past conference presentation slides can be found here.  Presentations from the 2008 conference up to the latest event are available.

The most recent conference presentations can be found here.


Past AGMs:

Past AGM minutes can be found here.

The most recent AGM was held in Christchurch, September 2022, the minutes for which can be found here.

The NZMUGS Committee: Who are we? 

  • Bevan Wilmshurst, Chair
  • Neha Sharma, Vice Chair
  • Kerstin Rupp, Treasurer
  • John Pell, Secretary
  • Subha Nair, Conference Coordinator
  • Dave Keenan, AITPM Representative
  • Nathan Harper (Past Chair)
  • Ian Clark (Past Chair)
  • Andrew Murray
  • Darren Fidler
  • Graeme Belliss
  • Jojo Valero
  • Mark Gregory
  • Phillip Brown
  • Tony Brennand
  • Zoe Chen
  • Jade Mackay
  • Ling Hoong
  • Vanessa Wong

The position of Conference Coordinator is currently vacant