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

The 2023 NZMUGS conference will be held at the Grand Millennium in Auckland on the 9th – 10th of October 2023.  This is the 16th annual conference and 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?

NZMUGs invites presentation applications for our 2023 conference.  This year there are two type of presentation slots:

  • A standard slot of 15 minutes with 5 minutes to field questions from the audience; and
  • Shorter “quick fire” “quick fire” presentations of 10 minutes with no questions from the audience.

These “quick fire” sessions are intended for young professionals and students to present to the industry in a non-threatening environment. As in previous years there will be prizes for best presenter and best young presenter.

If interested please submit your conference presentation title and abstract (<300 words) summarising the content of the presentation by the 9th June 2023. Please email all enquiries to Subha Nair at with the subject line: ‘2023 NZMUGS Conference’.

We also invite interest in sponsorship and have different levels that will suit a variety of organisations. For these sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Pell at for further information.

Further information on our call for presentation is available here.

Further information on our call for sponsors and the sponsorship form are available here.

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
  • Dave Keenan, AITPM Representative
  • Nathan Harper (Past Chair)
  • Ian Clark (Past Chair)
  • Andrew Murray
  • Darren Fidler
  • Graeme Belliss
  • Jojo Valero
  • Mark Gregory
  • Phillip Brown
  • Subha Nair
  • Tony Brennand
  • Zoe Chen
  • Jade Mackay
  • Ling Hoong
  • Vanessa Wong

The position of Conference Coordinator is currently vacant