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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

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.

Bubbles, borders and risk: What does common sense look like in a global pandemic?

Juliet and Rachel reflect on the risks of reopening Aotearoa New Zealand’s borders in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 data: Why we need to look behind the numbers

As the number of cases of COVID-19 skyrockets globally it’s tempting to dive into the wealth of data updated daily on the internet. But we need to be cautious about interpreting the data.

In the media

Reducing harm, ‘systemic racism’ and overseas comparisons: The experts on legalising cannabis

New Zealand Herald political reporter Derek Cheng takes a look at the findings of the cannabis expert panel, including possible health and social impacts.

Legal cannabis has potential to reduce harm, but many unknowns: PM’s chief science advisor

Juliet spoke to the NZ Herald’s Derek Cheng about the cannabis expert panel’s work to gather information to inform the debate in the lead up to September’s vote.

‘A level look at all the evidence’: PMCSA launches cannabis info website to help voters

Juliet sat down on TVNZ’s Breakfast show to discuss the new website launched today by the OPMCSA: an evidence summary called Legalising cannabis: What does the evidence say?

Legalising cannabis: What does the evidence say?