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

Rethinking Plastics

Our first major report

Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand

Kia ora koutou We are excited and delighted to launch our major report - Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand - today.  Our panel set out with a bold and broad scope to find ways to reduce the size of the plastic shadow that is cast by modern life. While we...

PM’s chief science advisor weighs in on 5G controversy

Chris Keall (Business Writer, NZ Herald) discusses the PMCSA information sheet on 5G in Aotearoa New Zealand. You can read Juliet's reflection here and the information sheet here.

Why do we need another G anyway? Some accessible information on 5G

Kia ora koutou As 5G begins its roll out in Aotearoa New Zealand, lots of people are asking what exactly 5G is and what it will mean for our country, our health, and our way of living. There are many legitimate questions to ask around the safety of any new technology,...

Together we can keep antibiotics working

Dr Ian Town (Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of Health) discusses antibiotic resistance, how all New Zealanders contribute to the issue and what we can do to help combat it here. The Ministry for Health has accessible information on antibiotic resistance, including...

Is Aotearoa losing its insects? We don’t have the data to say

Kia ora koutouThis week the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment put out an important report on the need for Aotearoa New Zealand to put more effort into gathering and monitoring data about our environment. You can read the report here, and an...

Four in five commuters still driving to work in big NZ cities

Recent Stats NZ figures show that more than 1.4 million of employed adults (58%), drive a private vehicle main way of getting to work, despite calls to reduce our reliance on cars. You can read more here.

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...

Tairāwhiti Internships:

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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