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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. 

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.

The fable of Foulden Maar – a case study in the collision of scientific evidence and government policies?

This week I’ve been watching the story of Foulden Maar unfold in the media. It’s not something I’ve been asked to provide official advice on, but a few scientists have alerted me to the saga. It proves to be an interesting case study in how and when scientific evidence is, or isn’t, used to inform government processes (central and local). So what might we learn from this fable?

Science and Standards – what happened after the meth report?

Kia ora koutouWhen I took on this role in July, my predecessor had recently put out the now famous “Meth report” – perhaps the best example of the value of this role that the public had seen.  Sir Peter, supported by his very experienced researcher Anne...

Science and the Development of NZ Standards

Following joint work between the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor (PMCSA) and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) on the science-focussed elements of future standards development, Standards New Zealand will now seek the involvement of the MBIE Chief Science Advisor when developing new standards or revising existing standards which include new or unsettled science.

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The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142
New Zealand