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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

Mahi Tahi 2 – Our second annual report is ready to download

Responding to emergencies, addressing public concerns and delivering detailed evidence syntheses – our work this year has spanned the full spectrum of science advice.

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.

In the media

Short documentary on COVID-19 pandemic response released

The doco, by independent filmmaker Shirley Horrocks, features key players in Aotearoa’s COVID-19 response.

Legal cannabis could reduce harm, but many unknowns

Professor Joe Boden, member of the PMCSA expert panel, spoke to Heather du Plessis-Allan about the evidence base for impacts of legalising cannabis.

The cannabis referendum: the evidence

Russell Brown writes about the cannabis evidence summary – “admirable science communication” – on the Hard News blog at Public Address.

Legalising cannabis: What does the evidence say?