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

An update on our infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance project

We are now well into our project and the team and panel are working hard to collate the vast range of evidence about AMR in Aotearoa New Zealand, within the broader context of infectious diseases.

Mahi Tahi 3 – Our third annual report is ready to download

Beginning a second term as Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia, Juliet looks back on the past year of science advice, evidence, communication and conversation.

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.

In the media

Juliet reappointed as Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

After an eventful first term, Juliet and the team are looking forward to the next three years.

Fish dumping ban “biggest change to management in 100 years”

The Minister for Oceans and Fisheries David Parker talked to Nine to Noon on RNZ about recently announced changes to fisheries management, referencing our report on commercial fisheries.

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.

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)