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...

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...