Science advice in emergencies

The PMCSA and members of the Chief Science Advisor Forum can be called on to provide science advice during unexpected and rapidly-evolving situations. This is a developing focus of the Office.

In 2019, we provided advice after the Christchurch terror attack.

Read the briefing to the PM on the Christchurch shooting

We also supported the response to the 2019 Whakaari/White Island eruption and the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

See our COVID-19 topic page here

Documentary films

Watch part one of Shirley Horrocks’ independent two-part series on science advice in emergencies. Part one is about the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Quiet thoughts

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 whānau, and a time to reflect. A week later, here are a few thoughts.

The Beehive in Wellington with its flag at half-mast