Text says 'Haere mai, welcome' above a purple landscape of mountains and dark tree silhouettes reflected in Lake Matheson, New Zealand

Tēnā koutou katoa, nau mai, haere mai ki tēnei whārangi ipurangi. He wāhi tēnei hei whakamōhio atu ki a koutou mō ētahi o ngā kaupapa o te ao, he wāhi anō hoki e taea ai e mātau te torotoro atu ki ā koutou. Nā reira, nau mai haramai.


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

Mahi Tahi 4 – Our fourth annual report

After another busy year as Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia, Juliet looks back on the past year of science advice, evidence, communication and conversation.

What’s the deal with nitrates in our drinking-water?

Our office has spent the last few months looking at the evidence around nitrates in our drinking-water, including whether there are any likely health impacts.

The Future is Open: Intern report on Open Access publishing in Aotearoa

Making academic research free to read is good for everyone, from researchers, innovators and policymakers to the New Zealand public – and it’s the right thing to do.

In the media

Government responds to the fisheries report

Last week the government formally responded to The Future of Commercial Fishing report. Minister Parker announced the formal reponse to the report at the Sea into the future conference, where Juliet was also a speaker.

Visiting Otago Uni’s Upcycled Food Lab

Last week Juliet and Emily visited the University of Otago’s food science Upcycled Food Lab. At the lab they sampled food made by students from off-cuts and by-products of food production.

Our first food waste report in the media

Our series of reports on food waste are underway with the first of these...