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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

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.

Mahi Tahi 2 – Our second annual report is ready to download

Responding to emergencies, addressing public concerns and delivering detailed evidence syntheses – our work this year has spanned the full spectrum of science advice.

In the media

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.

A rubbish story: COVID waste worries

A Newsroom article on the surge in waste and single-use plastics generated by the COVID-19 pandemic features commentary from Rachel.

NZ should be doing ‘everything possible’ to get genomic sequence of every sample

EPA Chief Scientist Professor Michael Bunce spoke to RNZ’s Morning Report about his rapid review on genomics for COVID-19.

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)