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 2022 Conference

The 2022 NZMUGS conference was held at the Rydges in Christchurch on the 12th – 13th of September 2022.  It was great to be able to hold this event in person, after needing to run the conference online the previous two years.

This was the 15th annual conference and the theme of this years conference was:

Lies, damn lies, the modeller and the decision maker: how many clichés can we fit in one conference theme?

  • Where should us modellers sit in the decision making process, merely a cog in the machine or helping to move the machine forward?
  • How do we bridge the gap between the multitude of assumptions in our models and the information used to inform decision making?
  • Is cognitive dissonance an issue, and if so how do we bridge that gap?
  • We know that doing what we’ve always done isn’t sufficient, but what do we do when we know getting what we’ve always got isn’t good enough?

Conference presentations can be found here.  The NZMUGS AGM was also held during the conference, the minutes for which 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