Text says 'Haere mai, welcome' above a purple landscape of mountains and dark tree silhouettes reflected in Lake Matheson, New Zealand

Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai, haere mai ki tēnei whārangi ipurangi. He wāhi tēnei hei whakamōhio atu ki a koutou mō ētahi o ngā kaupapa o te ao, he wāhi anō hoki e taea ai e mātau te torotoro atu ki ā koutou. Nā reira, nau mai haramai.


Welcome to the website of the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia.

Join us to celebrate science in Aotearoa New Zealand and stay up to date with our work.

We welcome your ideas about how science can make a difference to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Updates from the Office

Fluoride in our drinking water: An update on the evidence

Our office has examined new evidence on water fluoridation published since the Royal Society Te Apārangi report in 2014. Here’s what we found.

Codifying the relationship between nature and people

Dr Anne-Gaelle Ausseil and Dr Alison Collins summarise their project into the relationship between nature, people and well-being.

Expressions of interest open for Tairāwhiti internships

The Prime Minister has asked the PMCSA to host two internships to undertake future-focused projects centred in Tairāwhiti. Expressions of interest are now open.

In the media

NZ water fluoridation safe and effective – new science review

A fresh science review has reaffirmed there’s no significant health risks with levels of fluoride applied to New Zealand water supplies, reports Jamie Morton for the NZ Herald.

How New Zealand’s COVID success made it a laboratory for the world

Universal genome sequencing and exquisitely detailed tracing of COVID-19 cases in Aotearoa New Zealand offers unique insights into how COVID-19 spreads.

Commercial fisheries report reveals how ‘frighteningly little’ we know about ocean

A new report on commercial fisheries is calling for a more holistic approach to managing and assessing the health of the marine ecosystem, reports James Fyfe for Newshub.

Snapper fish underwater front on to camera with more fish in the background

       Tāmure/Australasian snapper (Chrysophrys auratus). Image credit: lcolmer/iNaturalist NZ (CC BY-NC 4.0)