New Zealand

Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ)


The ORSNZ was founded in 1965 by staff at the Applied Maths Division of the DSIR (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research), a government department based primarily in Wellington.

The Operations Research Society of New Zealand (ORSNZ) is a nationwide not-for-profit registered charity comprising academics and public servants,

consultants and people in industry.


The primary aim of the Society is to promote Operations Research and Management Science in New Zealand in both academic and industrial aspects.


ORSNZ currently has over 150 members within New Zealand and is affiliated to APORS and IFORS.



The ORSNZ conference rotates around the NZ universities in either Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch.


Operations Research and Management Science in New Zealand publishes a newsletter several times a year at ORSNZ Newsletter.


Young Practitioner Prize

The ORSNZ has regular Young Practitioner Prizes to encourage students and practitioners in OR. Click here for more details, including a list of these prize winners. 

Hans Daellenbach Prize:

The ORSNZ also awards the Hans Daellenbach Prize to distinguished contributors in Operations Research. Click here for more details on the nomination process and a list of past prize winners.

Honoray Visting Lecturers

The ORSNZ invites nominations for ORSNZ honorary visiting lecturers to visit New Zealand between September and June each year.

APORS Young Scholar and National Paper

In association with IFORS (International Federation of OR Societies), the ORSNZ provides support for a young scholar to attend the APORS (Asia Pacific OR Societies) annual conference.