Strategic Vision

Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Pūtaiao Matua ki te Pirimia


Our Vision:

A trusted, independent, accessible, bridge between science, society, and government.

Our Principles:

Inclusive, Rigorous, Transparent, Accessible

Our Mission:

To provide advice to the Prime Minister on scientific matters and to ensure that advice given is robust, fairly represents expert views, and is responsive to criticism and review.


  • Build communication systems that embrace diversity of culture, backgrounds, interests and needs.
  • Facilitate the group of Departmental Science Advisors to achieve a stronger community of practice.
  • Build an extended community of expertise that can provide robust criticism, education, and contributions to advice.
  • Identify key gaps in advice networks.
  • Consult with public and research community over key science issues.

Our Goals

To build and maintain a robust and reliable science advice system
  • To undertake activities that enhance the use of science and evidence in policy formation and evaluation across government.
  • To acknowledge and include Te Ao Māori world view.
  • Act as a nexus or conduit for stakeholders in science advice.
  • Connect with communities who can provide advice.
  • Challenge poor science advice where necessary.
  • Share good practice for science advice.
  • Identify and work with agencies, offices, or groups who have similar priorities.
Build and maintain trust in the office.
  • Harness the best science of the day, to further the resilience, wellbeing, and aspirations of all New Zealanders.
  • Provide stakeholders with independent advice.
  • Provide an accessible interface with the research community and the public.
  • Stay abreast of key international initiatives in science advice.
  • Facilitate conversations.
  • Communicate regularly, reliably, and openly.
  • Ensure the integrity of our advice.
  • Be responsive.
To build strong relationships with key stakeholders
  • Convene a forum of Science Advisors across government.
  • Clearly delineate mechanisms to provide advice to officials and Ministers that is timely, valuable, and rigorous.
  • Meet with sectors, groups, concerned parties, and members of the broader science system.
  • Build formal and semi-formal networks of advice, assurance and peer review within the science and research sector.
  • Connect advice sectors with communities who are effected by science advice.
  • Recognise our communities, listen to them, and build systems that acknowledge their expectations around advice.
  • Deepen relationships with key international science advisors, with a priority on Australia
To put service to our communities at the core of our activities.
  • Identify areas of concern, where advice, clarity or science information is needed.
  • Develop advice that is usable, intelligible, and valued.
  • Ensure transparent, useful, and timely advice is in the hands of those who need it.
  • Ask rather than presume.
  • Build communities of respect for knowledge and respect for different ways of knowing.
To champion an inclusive science system and support increased diversity
  • Embrace and champion diversity.
  • Build an inclusive culture that supports and values diversity
  • Highlight initiatives that build inclusive communities.
  • Build a network of people to advise on strategies of inclusion.
Develop communication strategies that build confidence in our processes, and communicate the limits of advice.
  • Reduce redundancy of advice mechanisms, through identifying gaps.
  • Summarise, explain, and be timely with advice.
  • Recognise different mechanisms for people to access our advice, and different ways for people to understand and know what it means.
  • Acknowledge the need to frame advice in ways that embrace the diversity of our audience.
  • Be succinct in communications.
  • Consult widely, and listen.
  • Engage with the views of others. Seek to understand. Engage the advice of others.
  • Show processes, and talk openly.

Measures of success

  • Cited as a credible authority.
  • Demonstrable impact of advice e.g. policy changes.
  • Clarity of science in regulation, policy, or procedures enhanced.
  • Increased commissioned research.
  • Scope and limits of science advice recognised.
Soft Measures
  • Confidence of Ministers, Ministries/Departments/Agencies.
  • Sought out for advice; actively consulted.
  • Respected point of connection.
  • PMCSA is a “trusted knowledge broker” – at the table where science advice is needed, or potentially needed.
  • Science Advisory Forum strengthened, consulted, and acknowledged.
Public Measures of Success
  • PMCSA invited to speak in wide variety of forums.
  • Press interested in activities.
  • PMCSA is recognised as a community leader.
  • Community understanding of the role.
  • Increasing web and social media traffic.
  • Recognition of wider advisory network


  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