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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

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.

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, continuing a trend that has been seen since 2001.

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.

In the media

COVID-19 coronavirus: In crisis, Kiwis are more likely to trust experts

The New Zealand Herald’s science reporter Jamie Morton spoke to Juliet about separating “the fact from the fudge” during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19: Chief Science Advisor on effect of global lockdowns

Juliet speaks to Lisa Owen on RNZ about the worldwide measures that will hopefully curb the rate of Covid-19 transmission in New Zealand, as the country prepares for lockdown.

Q&A on COVID-19 with PM Jacinda Ardern and Dr Michelle Dickinson

Juliet sat down with the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) for a Q&A session on the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. Watch the video now.

Rethinking plastics