Archived CSA resources

Explore reports, outputs, and resources from previous Chief Science Advisors. 

Publications from the former PMCSA can be accessed on our archives page




Professor Michael Bunce

Former Chief Science Advisor | Department of Conservation (DOC) – Te Papa Atawhai

Read Michael’s article, ‘We need faster, better ways to monitor NZ’s declining river health – using environmental DNA can help’ (The Conversation, March 2024)

Simon Kingham

Professor Simon Kingham

Former Chief Science Advisor | Ministry of Transport – Te Manatū Waka

Links to various interviews and articles by Simon are listed below:

RNZ interview with Simon about the many roles of a CSA. (June, 2024)

Re-thinking roads as public spaces. (May, 2024)

RNZ interview with Simon about the impact of lowering speed limits. (January, 2023)

The impact of lower speed limits. (November, 2022)

The benefits of investing in cycling. (May, 2022)

Does building and expanding motorways really reduce congestion and emissions?  (October, 2020)

Will the COVID-19 lockdown slow the effects of climate change? (July, 2020)

Simon Kingham

Professor Stuart McNaughton

Former Chief Education Scientific Advisor | Ministry of Education – Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga

Links to various interviews and articles by Stuart are listed below:

‘AI is here to stay. Now we need to ensure everyone benefits’ on The Conversation (August 2019)

The literacy landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand (August 2020)

Dealing with misinformation in the digital age (March 2021)

Can we inoculate our kids against fake news before they encounter it?’ (May 2022)

Building young people’s resilience through media and information literacy and digital citizenship skills (December 2023)


Professor Stuart McNaughton

Dr Rob Murdoch

Former Departmental Science Advisor | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) – Hīkina Whakatutuki

Watch a presentation by Rob Murdoch about climate change adaptation (March 2023, MBIE Vimeo)

Rob Murdoch