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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

Bubbles, borders and risk: What does common sense look like in a global pandemic?

Juliet and Rachel reflect on the risks of reopening Aotearoa New Zealand’s borders in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 data: Why we need to look behind the numbers

As the number of cases of COVID-19 skyrockets globally it’s tempting to dive into the wealth of data updated daily on the internet. But we need to be cautious about interpreting the data.

High time for an update on cannabis

Cannabis has been in the news this past week, with new figures showing that fewer of our young people are trying cannabis, continuing a trend that has been seen since 2001.

In the media

Target: elimination – experts rate NZ’s response in COVID-19 battle

New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morton asks Juliet and three other experts to rate Aotearoa New Zealand’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus NZ podcast: Extended interview with PM’s chief science advisor

Juliet joined Stuff’s Coronavirus NZ podcast, giving an inside glimpse into New Zealand’s COVID-19 response – and revealing her lockdown baking habits.

COVID-19, crisis and transformation

In this interview with for The Spinoff, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discusses the pandemic response and Juliet’s critical role.

Rethinking plastics