Haere Mai.

Welcome to the website of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia

Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai, tomo mai ki tēnei whārangi ipurangi. Hē wāhi tēnei hei whakamōhio atu i ētahi kaupapa ō te ao, hē wāhi anō hoki e taea ai e matau te torotoro atu ki ā koutou. Nā reira, nau mai haramai.

Welcome to our website, which will keep you updated on the work of the office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia, and celebrate science in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We welcome your ideas about how science, in its broadest sense, can make a difference to New Zealand.

Juliet Gerrard

Reflections from the PMCSA

Rethinking Plastics

Our first major report

High time for an update on cannabis

Cannabis has been in the news this past week, with new figures showing that fewer of our young people are trying cannabis. Find out the latest updates from the PMCSA’s expert cannabis panel.

Accelerating Rangatahi Māori

Over the last year, the Chief Science Advisor Forum has been focused on building a bridge between the science advisory system and te ao Māori. This culminated last year in a hui on 11 December.

Explained: What is 5G, how will it affect New Zealand in 2020

Juliet was interviewed by journalist Simon Shepherd for a Newshub television report and explainer article about 5G.

Something fishy’s going on in the Office

This month we are starting work on an exciting new project in the office looking at how science can contribute to keeping Aotearoa New Zealand at the leading edge of global fisheries management. We’re seeking expressions of interest for our expert panel.

Traumatic brain injuries like Teina Pora case common in criminal justice system – report

The case of Teina Pora, who was wrongfully imprisoned for two decades after wrongly confessing to a crime he didn't commit, is just the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to brain injuries costing people their freedom, a new government report says. Read the article on...

People with brain injuries, developmental issues ‘over-represented’ in justice system

A discussion paper released on Wednesday by Chief Science Advisor for the Justice Sector, Dr Ian Lambie, found brain and behaviour differences were "over-represented" in the justice system, among both victims and offenders. Read the story on Stuff by Auckland health...

Traumatic brain injuries and imprisonment linked, study suggests

A study of inmates at Christchurch women's prison has found nearly every woman interviewed had a history of multiple traumatic brain injuries. The study was cited by Dr Ian Lambie, the chief science advisor to the justice sector, who has published a discussion paper...

What were they thinking? A discussion paper on brain and behaviour in relation to the justice system in New Zealand

What were they thinking? A discussion paper on brain and behaviour in relation to the justice system in New Zealand is the fourth in a series of reports. It presents strong evidence of the over-representation of people in the criminal justice system who have had brain injuries, shedding new light on the impact of such injuries and developmental differences on both victims and offenders. The report was written by the Chief Scientist for the Justice Sector, Professor Ian Lambie.

Counting on science to stop ‘insectageddon’ in New Zealand

Our McDiarmid Institute intern Dr Jono Barnsley was interviewed for an RNZ story by digital journalist Leith Huffadine. Jono spoke about his internship investigating insect decline in New Zealand and what science we need to halt 'insectageddon'. Read the story on RNZ...

Women in research losing thousands compared with male counterparts

  Women employed on academic staff at a New Zealand university are likely to earn about $400,000 less than men over the course of their career, according to new research by Associate Professor Ann Brower and Associate Professor Alex James from the University of...

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