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 Bardsley, had...

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...

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...