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 connections...

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...

Juliet on RNZ’s Karen Hay and Friends.

Juliet was featured on the Radio New Zealand show “Karen Hay and Friends” which featured some of Juliet’s music choices, with some discussion of her role and ongoing projects. You can listen to the interview below or on the Radio New Zealand website....

NZ scientists’ 2018 revelations

Juliet was one of a number of scientists asked by The Spinoff about their “revelations” for 2018. For Juliet the highlight was her trip to Antarctica to see the science and the scientists.  Other scientists included Richard Easther, Shaun Hendy, Mike Joy,...