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.

Our project on infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance is out now! Watch the launch, including comments from the PM, Min Verrall and our expert panellists, and download the full report here.

Updates from the Office

Aotearoa’s first mātauranga-based holiday

This week New Zealanders across the motu will enjoy a long weekend, the nation’s first ever Matariki holiday. Senior analyst Emily McCarthy met with astrophysicist, Māori astronomy expert, and member of the Matariki Advisory Committee Dr Pauline Harris to find out more.

No food left behind: A day out with KiwiHarvest

As part of our work on food rescue and food waste, research analyst and writer Colson Verdonk joined a KiwiHarvest driver on their daily food rescue rounds. Read his reflection on the day here.

Combatting food waste

Our next major project is on food rescue, food loss and food waste. We’re kicking off our project to understand the nature and extent of this problem in Aotearoa New Zealand and explore evidence-based solutions to reduce food waste across the food supply chain.

In the media

“Tectonic shift” in Aotearoa New Zealand’s disinformation landscape

A new analysis has explored how social media activity contributed to tensions...

Regional Councils have appointed their first Chief Science Advisor, Chris Daughney

Te Uru Kahika, the Regional and Unitary Councils of Aotearoa New Zealand, have recently appointed Dr Chris Daughney as their inaugural Chief Science Advisor.

Kotahitanga in the media

We released our report Kotahitanga Uniting Aotearoa against infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance on 3 March 2022. Check out recent news articles that have profiled our work.

Our project on infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance is out now!

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