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Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor (New Zealand)

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Rapid-Review: the role COVID-19 genomics can play in contact tracing, cluster analysis and viral evolution

In the COVID-19 global pandemic over 100,000 viral genomes have now been characterised, and made accessible to the global community. In the context of Aotearoa New Zealand’s pandemic response, the genomic sequencing of positive COVID-19 samples will become an increasingly important tool that must be...
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The literacy landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand

This paper summarises the evidence for how best to improve children and young persons’ literacy development in Aotearoa New Zealand. There is an urgent need to have acceptable equity and excellence outcomes for all our students. Among 15 year-olds, literacy achievement levels have been dropping...
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Science and the cannabis referendum

To help people decide how they will vote in the upcoming referendum on cannabis legalisation, the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor has published a video summarising what is known about the possible impacts of legalising cannabis in New Zealand.
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Testing for COVID-19: the current state of laboratory tests and recommendations within the context of New Zealand’s pandemic response

The purpose of this document is to provide a rapid point-in-time evaluation of the different testing strategies for COVID-19 and recommend some possible options, scenarios and tests that may benefit New Zealand’s pandemic response. Relevant to this document, is that COVID-19 testing is a rapidly...
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What were they thinking? A discussion paper on brain and behaviour in relation to the justice system in New Zealand

This discussion paper presents strong evidence of the over-representation of people in the criminal justice system who have had brain injuries, shedding new light on the impact of such injuries and developmental differences on both victims and offenders.