Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor (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.
Report

Mitigating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions: strategies for meeting New Zealand’s goals

This report aims to present a high-level perspective on what would be needed to achieve meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and greater offsets, in the agricultural sector. It also identifies gaps in knowledge or other barriers that need to be overcome if agriculture is...