Our current projects

The team has been busy moving into the offices and working hard on building the new website and developing the Instagram and Twitter social media channels.

Juliet has been connecting with the team of Departmental Science Advisors  to understand their role in the Ministries and travelling all around the country, listening to views on how science can make a difference to Aotearoa, New Zealand (see Twitter).  She is developing a list of priority projects to agree with the PM.

Active Projects

Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa, New Zealand

After broad consultation, the first project that the Office will be working on is a synthesis of approaches to reduce the impact of plastic and exploring the opportunities of alternatives in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Information and updates on the project can be found on the #rethinkplastic project page. Juliet has also written about the plastics project and the panel. 

If you are interested in being involved, please contact your institutional contact, or if your institution is not listed, email us at info@pmcsa.ac.nz

Providing Advice to MBIE on the Standards Setting Process

The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs has asked the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor to work jointly with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) on how science is currently treated in the New Zealand standards setting process, and how this can be improved. (Hon Min Faafoi’s press release is here).  Our role is future focussed, to give input as to how scientific evidence might be better used to inform the standards setting process, particularly advice on how processes should accommodate new scientific evidence when it becomes available. You can see the Terms of Reference for this work on the MBIE webpage. 

Hot topics

Staff are currently working on putting together trusted accessible information that will outline the state of play on various topics and issues of public concern. Check back for new resources as we develop them.


The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment reported on the use of 1080 in 2011. You can see download the complete report, a FAQ and an updated commentrary at the PCE website here.

Newshub also recently interviewed the former commissioner for the environment, Jan Wright, and you can see that interview, and read a summary of her interview on the Newshub Web page here.

Download the full PCE report as a PDF with the button below.

Download the full PCE report on 1080

Genetic Editing

The Royal Society Te Apārangi has a number of panel discussions and resources on Gene Editing on the RSNZ web pages, including a discussion paper on the use of gene editing in pest control,  and the use of gene editing in health care.

Climate Change

Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

The previous Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, authored a report on climate change in 2013, and you can find that on our publications page or you can download the complete report using the button below.

Download the PMCSA report on Climate Change 2013

Productivity Commission Report on transitioning to a low emissions economy

The productivity commission recently reported on transitioning to low emissions economy, and you can find a copy of their report on Productivity commissions website.

The Royal Society Te Apārangi

The Royal Society Te Apārangi has written a number of reports and fact sheets on climate change, including a report on the health impacts of climate change. You can find all there resources on the RSNZ website here.

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has a number of reports on various aspects of climate change available on their publications page. You can search their publications by topic. The PCE’s most recent full report on climate change was on Stepping Stones to Paris and Beyond:Climate change, progress, and predictability.


  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