About Creative Maths

Creative Maths is a social enterprise aiming to have a positive and measurable impact on teaching and learning mathematics and statistics.

To have the greatest social impact we encourage others to support and partner with us.

Creative Maths

Creative Maths supports learning and teaching statistics and mathematics. Creative Maths develops and provides learning and teaching resources for schools and university-level learners. Our resources include videos, our award-winning Dragonistics data cards, online learning, and other physical classroom resources. We also provide professional learning development for teachers and run events for learners.

Creative Maths is a social enterprise that aims to:

  • Empower all teachers to teach statistics,
  • Help students at all levels to learn statistics and mathematics, fostering excitement and discovery,
  • Make statistics accessible to all, so that people may become better informed citizens of the world,
  • Give families fun and educational activities, and
  • Educate citizens about important things.

Creative Maths started producing high quality video and other resources in 2011 and has been helping students learn statistics all over the world ever since.

Put simply, being a social enterprise means profits are reinvested to allow us to develop additional resources and run activities for learners.

Our Impact

Creative Maths is a social enterprise that aims to have a positive and measurable impact on teaching, learning and educating citizens in mathematics and statistics.

Through our activities and resources we have helped millions of people understand mathematics and statistics better, and thousands of people around the world to think again about ways of teaching and learning mathematics and statistics.

About Nic

Nicola Petty (aka Dr Nic)

Dr Nicola Petty is an expert in teaching and learning statistics and operations research. She spent the past 25 years developing online and physical learning resources for primary, secondary and university students. Nicola is a qualified high school mathematics teacher with additional experience teaching innovative primary school mathematics lessons. She has 20 years experience teaching statistics and operations research in innovative ways at the University of Canterbury. This work earned her a university teaching award.

Nicola wrote and developed the 50+ Statistics Learning Centre videos for learning statistics and using mathematics and statistics resources for teaching. She writes a well-respected statistics learning and teaching blog.

Nicola has a strong network with school mathematics teachers and education professionals. Her enthusiasm and charisma make her the obvious choice as front-person for Statistics Learning Centre.

About Shane

Dr Shane Dye has 20 years of experience lecturing operations research and supervising PhD students at the University of Canterbury and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Shane has spent the past 15 years developing online and physical learning resources for primary, secondary and university students. He has expertise in the New Zealand mathematics curriculum and experience running lessons and activities for primary and intermediate school students.

Shane has programming and technical skills developed over many years while researching decision-making under uncertainty for power generation, water resource planning and telecom.He develops and maintains the Statistics Learning Centre IT systems and acts as the technical help-desk support.


How to Support Us

Support us by purchasing our resources and games or by donating to support the free resources we provide (videos, Dr Nic's blog, teaching resources).

Businesses and Other Organisations
Partner with us to bring Rich Maths events to schools.

  • Directly help a local school or support schools that will benefit the most.
    The cost for a 90 minute session is $300 for around 30 children or $450 for around 60 plus travel costs. Talk to us for more detailed costing for a group of schools.

Partner with us to create more Statistics Learning Centre “Dr Nic” videos.

  • Our YouTube channel attracts about one million views each year. Each video costs around $2000 to develop.  Talk to us how how your sponsorship could benefit your business and hundreds of thousands of learners worldwide.

Media and Feedback

Education Gazette

Nov 2016

Jaylan Boyle interviewed Dr Nic about Statistics Learning Centre. The article first appeared in New Zealand Science Teacher and then in the education supplement to the November 21, 2016 issue of New Zealand Education Gazette.


  • Marquerite Way
    Dragonistics cards were an engaging and worthwhile activity for introducing statistics and graphing. The activities that the students participated in were rich and enabled them to work together in class and small group discussions. Key statistical concepts were introduced and reinforced in a simple yet effective manner.
    Marquerite Way
    Ramarama School
  • Teacher
    Thank you for all the wonderful videos you've provided in the Statistics Learning Centre. They come very handy as an introduction to the different Statistics topics and also for emphasising important information for each topic.They are very clear and easy to understand. I use the quizzes as class revision and they do them in groups. They enjoy doing the quizzes in groups because I do it as a competition, whoever gets the highest score wins. I know you still have a lot of ideas to add to Stats LC which will be very helpful tools for teaching Statisitcs. We hope to continue to be part of the Statistics LC's success.
    A Rotorua high school
  • Jim Hesson
    I highly recommend this video. Thank you so much for this simple 4-minute video explaining confidence intervals. Your example was simple and clear, and you explanation was logical, coherent and straightforward. I tried several other sites to learn about this, including Khan Academy, and they were very confusing, and all over the place. Great job!
    Jim Hesson
  • Vicki Hagenaars
    I was really impressed with the detail and quality of the cards when I unwrapped them. They were easy for the students to become familiar with and work with as we went through the activities. The activities themselves are well planned and lead neatly into the each other, at the same time leading the students further into their exploration of statistics without feeling like it is hard work.
    Vicki Hagenaars
    Waiouru School
  • Ameen Ali
    I just wanted to thank you for all the videos. They're all very informative and easy to grasp.
    Ameen Ali

Our Sponsors and Supporters

Creative Maths has received support and sponsorship from the following organisations.

Unlocking Curious Minds funded our Rich Maths events in 2017. We visited 30 rural schools in Canterbury and the West Coast engaging children in mathematics and encouraging teachers.

Ākina Foundation has provided training and continue to support our social enterprise.

Contact Us

You can contact Creative Maths by email to: info@statslc.com

You can call Dr Nic directly on: 0276987392 (NZ) 
Or, Shane at the Helpdesk on: 0212683529 (NZ)

Our postal address is:
Creative Maths
PO Box 21-390
Christchurch 8143
New Zealand