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

Our second food waste report: Food rescue

Food rescue organisations in Aotearoa captured over 11,500 tonnes of food at risk of going to waste last year, distributing it to people in the community, including those experiencing food insecurity. Our second food waste report, which we are releasing today, explores the food rescue sector’s role as part of the solution to food waste.

Mahi Tahi 4 – Our fourth annual report

After another busy year as Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia, Juliet looks back on the past year of science advice, evidence, communication and conversation.

What’s the deal with nitrates in our drinking-water?

Our office has spent the last few months looking at the evidence around nitrates in our drinking-water, including whether there are any likely health impacts.

In the media

MBIE funded research will be made freely available online

In a win for open-access advocates, the government has announced a new policy ensuring that new research projects funded by MBIE will be freely available online.

Connecting two worlds: Enhancing knowledge sharing between academics and policymakers in Aotearoa New Zealand

Dr Cate Roy, a former intern of the office and Dr George Slim, a consultant in...

GE in the media

An article in the NZ Herald details the history of GE in Aotearoa, the current...