Organisation

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

Video

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.
Report

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...
Report

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.
Report

Rethinking plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand

This report outlines New Zealand's plastics problem and provides recommendations for reducing the country's plastic footprint.
Discussion paper

Every 4 minutes: a discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand

Every 4.42 minutes, there is a care and protection notification in New Zealand. This paper discusses the context of family violence and uses findings from current research to prompt informed reflection, arguing that prevention of family violence in New Zealand is possible.