This event is open to anyone who currently uses (or intends to use) analytics to make decisions in their organisation. Over the afternoon, we will

  • Hear from highly respected speakers who will share their experiences applying analytics.
  • Discuss your views on data and analytics in your organisation and across NZ.
  • Meet and network with analytics professionals and stakeholders.

Where and when?

2:30 – 5:30pm  Tuesday, 22 October

Victoria University, Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1

Take the Stout Street entrance to the hexagonal building on this map:

Special thanks to the Victoria Business School for arranging the venue and Optimation for sponsoring the event.


When surveyed, most participants at the Wellington launch event in July reported that issues around data were their biggest barrier to achieving success with analytics. In addition to our speakers, we will hold an interactive session centred on data in NZ for analytics, based on this feedback.

Our speakers:

  • James Mansell’s principle role is as the Director of Innovation at New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

Can the government derive value from dipping its toes into analytics?

James and a small team of analysts have spent the past 8 years championing the use of analytics as an essential solution to a set of common problems across the state sector. We first applied analytics in Child Protection in 2007.  Then at a sector-level in response to welfare reform in 2011. This year we have positioned analytics at the centre of the government, in Treasury for Cabinet. James will discuss his views on the value proposition of analytics in government and share some war stories, challenges and methods in trying to get it used.

James has previously worked in the MSD as National Advisor for Business Systems Development; Principal Analyst for Forecasting and Modelling at the Centre for Social Research and Evaluation; and Principal Advisor for Strategic Design in the Child, Youth and Family department. Before joining the MSD, he worked as Senior Analyst at the Accident Compensation Corporation, Research Fellow at the Wellington School of Medicine and Teaching Fellow at Otago University (Ethics and Metaphysics).

He holds a first class BA (Hons) in Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington

  • Phil Bishop is the manager of the newly formed Market Analytics team at the Electricity Authority.

Analytics at the Electricity Authority

Phil has worked at the Electricity Authority since 2005. He was recently appointed to the role of Manager of Market Analytics and is currently spending most of his time sorting out the data warehouse and associated data and report dissemination mechanisms. The Market Analytics team is also responsible for developing and maintaining a number of tools used to support the monitoring and analysis of performance across all aspects of the electricity sector. Phil will talk about the data collected by the Authority and some of the tools used to make sense of what’s going on in the market. Ultimately the Authority’s work is aimed at improving the Code, or rule book, so that the sector delivers efficient outcomes for the long-term benefit of consumers.

Phil gained his PhD in economics from Cornell University. From 1998 until 2004, Phil was a consultant with the NZ Institute of Economic Research. He then worked with Castalia Strategic Advisors for about 18 months before joining the Electricity Authority in September 2005.



  • For enquiries, and to confirm your attendance please contact Kim Frew or alternatively, subscribers to the mailing list can RSVP from Wiggio. This confirmation will assist catering and event planning so please get in touch by 17th October.
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