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

A busy year with our interns and fellows

Amidst the noise and haste of supporting the COVID response and delivering our infectious disease and AMR project (more on this in the New Year), we have had a busy and exciting year behind the scenes with our interns and fellows – 13 projects across the year.

Rheumatic fever evidence review released

Our office has produced an evidence synthesis on rheumatic fever in Aotearoa New Zealand as part of our major project on infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

Chief Science Advisors release statement ahead of COP26

In anticipation of COP26, chief science advisors from around the world lay out a vision for limiting global warming to below two degrees, writes senior advisor George Slim.

In the media

Reflecting on Glasgow: A COP half full

The end of 2021 brought a flurry of activity on climate change. We had COP26, New Zealand’s international emissions reduction promise, a consultation on our national emissions reduction plan, and a commitment to provide more climate aid to developing countries.

New targets to reduce emissions announced – what do scientists think?

The Government has announced a new target to reduce Aotearoa New Zealand’s emissions by 50 percent by 2030. Juliet joined The AM Show to discuss.

Top scientists call for urgent climate action

Ahead of COP26, group of influential scientific advisors from around the world have penned a joint letter saying the need for urgent climate action is unequivocal.

Sink your teeth into the evidence on fluoride

Water splashing out of glass