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. 

Time for a GE legislation overhaul

 Read Farah Hancock’s analysis here.

PM briefing on the Royal Society Te Apārangi report on gene editing

The Royal Society Te Apārangi has released its comprehensive report on gene editing.  You can find it here: royalsociety.org.nz/gene-editing/.  Juliet provided a briefing to the Prime Minister on the report, which you can read here.

AI article featured on The Conversation

How do we ensure that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) benefits people equally in Aotearoa New Zealand? In response to the recently published AI reports by ACOLA and the Royal Society Te Apārangi, our intern Kyle Webster co-authored an article for The...

And haere rā to Kyle who is departing after three months of full immersion in artificial intelligence

Our second MacDiarmid intern left us last week, leaving us with lots of great resources on artificial intelligence which, unlike quantum computing, the subject of Wayne Crump’s recently finished internship with us, is technology that is very much upon is. As a taster...

Stats NZ convenes Data Ethics Advisory Group

Juliet is delighted to Chair this important panel: You can read more about this here.

Gene editing in the news

Juliet is looking forward to the Royal Society Te Apārangi report on gene editing. You can read more about this here.

Inside the chaos before the M. bovis ‘surge’

Read an in depth commentary on M. Bovis with input from MPI CSA John Roche. 

Plastics in the environment: the Royal Society Te Apārangi summarises the evidence

This week the Royal Society Te Apārangi has put out an accessible report on Plastics in the Environment: Te Ao Hurihuri – The Changing World. It is a great summary of the problems we face internationally dealing with the mountain of plastic waste that humans have...

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...

Photo: Matt Walters, University of Canterbury


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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