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. 

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.

A quick update

Kia ora koutou, It has been a very busy month in our Office, with lots of activity on our various work streams, and some rapid reprioritisation to assist in collating an evidence base for those supporting recovery in Christchurch.  The Chief Science Advisor Forum has...

#rethinkplastic resources

Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand: Resources Below are some resources for the #rethinkplastic project.  You can download a device friendly PDF of this page: Rethinking Plastics Resources.pdf   International The Ellen MacArthur...

Ministry of Health Advertises for new Chief Science Advisor

The Ministry of Health has just advertised for a Chief Science Advisor. The Ministry have outlined the position’s purpose as working to “…ensure robust and credible science is at the core of decisions within the Ministry.”  They are also looking to improve...

Quiet Thoughts

Kia ora koutou Apart from acknowledging the terrible events of March 15th with a ‘Kia Kaha’, we have turned down the social media volume to zero this week in the Office.   A mark of respect for the victims and their whanau, and a time to reflect.  A week later, here...

Interns at the Science Policy Interface

Kia ora koutou Over the last few months, as I’ve spent time listening to researchers and policymakers, I have been constantly struck by how weak the interface is between these two groups.  There are of course some marvellous exceptions.  However, in general, I hear...

Reflections on #rethinkplastic

This month we are kicking off our work on rethinking plastic. This happens to coincide with the release of the Colmar Brunton Better Futures 2018 report that cites 72% of New Zealanders have plastic as a top concern. With millions of plastic bags used *per minute*...

Haere mai, Welcome Rachel

As the Office swings into action for 2019 we welcome the final member of our team – Dr Rachel Chiaroni-Clarke.  Rachel was the successful applicant in our search for a Research Analyst and Writer.  We had a huge amount of interest in this position and so Rachel...

Photo: Matt Walters, University of Canterbury

Contacts

  Phone: + 64 9 923 6318

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