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. 

Haere rā to our first intern. Ever wondered about quantum computing? Read on…

Kia ora koutou In March we were excited to launch our intern programme, and have particularly enjoyed having our enthusiastic PhD graduates from the MacDiarmid Institute join us in the Office to have a first look at some of the projects that we are not resourced to...

Juliet speaks at conference of Antarctic scientists

Juliet was surprised to find herself in the news after speaking at the Antarctic conference recently.  As well as the comments quoted in the article, she talked about the exciting opportunity that the new Antarctic Platform might offer to clarify the complexity for...

Mahi Tahi 1 – Our Annual Report is ready to download

Kia ora koutou Where did that year go?  I’ve now been in the role for a whole year, and our first annual report, Mahi Tahi 1, is at the printers.  If you would like a hard copy or a high resolution version – get in touch.  Alternately, you can read it here. It has...

The fable of Foulden Maar – featured on The Spinoff

With interest growing in the Foulden Maar mine, The Spinoff republished Juliet's recent reflection where she outlined her attempt to find out who makes the call on whether or not to approve an application by a majority-Malaysian-owned company to mine at the...

Intern programme featured on RNZ

Back in March 2019, Juliet joined Jesse Mulligan on RNZ to talk about our internship programme. You can find out more about it by listening to her interview here.        

Eradicating M bovis will take years: MPI’s CSA John Roche explains

In his role as Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry for Primary Industries, John Roche leads MPI’s Strategic Science Advisory Group tasked with eradicating Mycoplasma Bovis from Aotearoa New Zealand. John explains that achieving this goal is a 10-year plan in this...

MPI’s CSA John Roche discusses M. Bovis on Radio NZ

The Ministry for Primary Industries Chief Science Advisor and member of the Chief Science Advisor Forum John Roche was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand about the efforts to eradicate the Mycoplasma Bovis disease from New Zealand. John discusses the...

The Ripple Effect: MfE’s CSA Alison Collins on cars to kaimoana.

  In an editorial item for the Dominion Post, The Ministry for the Environment's Chief Scientist and member of the Chief Science Advisor's forum, Dr Alison Collins talks about the effects that our decisions might have on our environment, some of which are not...

PM Briefing re Christchurch

This briefing was provided to the PM by way of a summary of the Rapid Response Issue (RRI) of the New Zealand Psychology Journal dedicated to reflections on the immediate aftermath of the Christchurch shooting.

Photo: Matt Walters, University of Canterbury


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The University of Auckland
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