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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

Reflection on science in emergencies

More than ever, we must listen to Aotearoa New Zealand’s scientists, and ensure that our institutional structures allow them to speak.

Using genetic fingerprints in our COVID-19 response

We reflect on the role of genome sequencing in the most recent COVID-19 outbreak in Auckland as the EPA Chief Scientist Professor Michael Bunce publishes a rapid review on the topic.

Changes needed to address drop in literacy levels, says Chief Education Scientific Advisor

Interventions across primary and secondary education are needed to address declining literacy levels and persistent inequity, according to a report from the Chief Education Scientific Advisor Professor Stuart McNaughton.

In the media

New short film on genome sequencing released

How is Aotearoa New Zealand using genome sequencing in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Watch the latest documentary from independent filmmaker Shirley Horrocks.

Rethinking plastics report features in Speech from the Throne

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy outlined the Government’s plans, which includes a commitment to implementing the PMCSA’s ‘Rethinking plastics’ recommendations.

Mapping environmental DNA with EPA Chief Scientist Prof Michael Bunce

Professor Michael Bunce, EPA Chief Scientist and member of the CSA Forum, was interviewed by Bryan Crump on RNZ about environmental DNA.

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)