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

Chief Science Advisors Forum

Chief Science Advisors to government agencies. 

Calls for change to laws on gene editing

Juliet spoke on RNZ with Kathryn Ryan, Dr Mike King (University of Otago) and Dr Bjorn Oback (AgResearch) about gene editing in New Zealand. Listen to the discussion here.

Alison Collins, Chief Science Advisor for Ministry for the Environment, explains why the new Marine Report today is so important

Read Alison Collins article here. You can also read the full 'Our marine environment 2019' report here or a summary of the report here.

We are excited to announce two new internships to complete a Tairāwhiti-centred project

 Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi  The Prime Minister has asked my Office to host two internships to complete a future-focused project centred on the Tairāwhiti, to support the ‘shared future’ kaupapa of the commemorations.  The topic will...

Weeding through the evidence on cannabis

Kia ora koutou This month we are kicking off work to develop a short, accessible summary of the evidence base surrounding cannabis. Our expert panel has been charged with pulling together as much information as we can about the impacts of cannabis, and to present it...

Rachel reports on waste data

Following part 1 of our Rethinking Plastics report, where we looked at available data to quantify Aotearoa New Zealand's plastic problem, WasteMINZ asked Rachel to explain what the findings meant for the future of waste data in Aotearoa New Zealand, for their industry...


Juliet talked to Brian Crump about the work of our #rethinkplastic panel You can listen here.

Interesting ideas on inclusion from our interns

Kia ora koutou It has been a high profile week for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion issues in science and academia, so it seemed timely to update on some of our intern projects. We have three projects in this space, with interns David Pomeroy, Tara McAllister and...

Why isn’t my professor Pasifika or Māori?

One of our interns, Dr Tara McAllister (Te Aitanga ā Māhaki), and her fellow researcher, Dr Sereana Naepi, joined Radio New Zealand to talk about their research into the stubbornly low numbers of Māori and Pasifika working at New Zealand universities. You can listen...

Time for a GE legislation overhaul

 Read Farah Hancock’s analysis here.

Tairāwhiti Internships:

Learn more here

Photo: Matt Walters, University of Canterbury


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Mailing Address

Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142
New Zealand