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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

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.

Our cannabis webpage is now live

This evidence summary won’t tell you how to vote – instead, it aims to support you to make your decision in the upcoming referendum on legalising recreational cannabis.

In the media

The five burning questions facing NZ

When will we have a vaccine? And are our borders sufficiently secure now? Science reporter Jamie Morton spoke to Juliet and other scientists to answer five burning coronavirus questions facing NZ.

PMCSA discusses the impacts of legalising cannabis on RNZ’s Nine to Noon

Juliet spoke to Kathryn Ryan on RNZ about the recently released report: ‘Legalising cannabis: What does the evidence say?’

Closing the recycling loop, one plastic bottle at a time

Senior research and policy analyst Dr Rachel Chiaroni-Clarke was interviewed for this article on recycling plastic in The Spinoff.

Legalising cannabis: What does the evidence say?