Quick links to all major Koi Tū reports and papers:

The Future Is Now Conversation Series

  1. The Future Is Now: Implications of COVID-19 for New Zealand – 17 April 2020
  2. He Oranga Hou: Social Cohesion in a Post-COVID World – 4 May 2020
  3. New Zealand’s Place in the World: The Implications of COVID-19 – 20 May 2020
  4. The Environment is Now – 29 May 2020
  5. Protecting and Promoting Mental Wellbeing: Beyond COVID-19 – 12 June 2020
  6. The Future of Food & The Primary Sector: The Journey to Sustainability – 17 June 2020
  7. New Zealand’s Economic Future: COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Innovation – 6 November 2020
  8. The future is now: Exploring the post-pandemic direction for Aotearoa New Zealand – 16 November 2020

Conversation Papers / Commentaries

  1. Re-engaging New Zealand with the world – 3 July 2020
  2. Youth mental health in Aotearoa New Zealand: Greater urgency required – 3 September 2020
  3. Uncertain but inevitable: The expert-policy-political nexus and high-impact risks – 12 April 2021

Evidence Briefs
Intergenerational disadvantage: why maternal mental health matters – 18 May 2021

Partnership Report
Addressing rangatahi education: Challenges after COVID-19
– 28 July 2020

Publications list
Download here – November 2020

Information Pack
Download here – November 2020

Other useful links:

Interviews – contact tracing and digital privacy

Last updated 15 October 2021 With the release of the Government’s official COVID-19 tracker app, Dr Andrew Chen has been providing expert commentary on its advantages, disadvantages, how it compares to other apps used internationally, and its implications for privacy. … Read More

Covid-19 aerosol and the cigarette smoke analogy

– OPINION – Professor Stephen Goldson, Koi Tū Associate member Dr Joel Rindelaub, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Auckland   In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic masks were not thought to be effective in preventing transmission. Initially, … Read More

Media release: Urgent rethink on migration policies needed

Aotearoa New Zealand needs to urgently rethink its migration policies to give immigrants, employers and industry sectors clarity as Covid-19 continues to affect international mobility and migration. Migration and demography expert, Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, says it is naive to … Read More

Covid-19, (im)mobility and migration

-OPINION- [1] Professor Paul Spoonley, Koi Tū Associate member   Peter Gluckman noted, in a recent opinion piece, that the policy responses across the globe to the pandemic have “not been consistent or coherent”. This is nowhere more apparent than … Read More

Beyond science, there are hard decisions ahead

Tough decisions we’ve had to make in order to protect NZ from Covid will pale in comparison to those we must make soon. Sir Peter Gluckman explains.  Science has played an essential part in Aotearoa New Zealand’s response to this … Read More

Improving mask use to reduce COVID-19 transmission

A new Koi Tū rapid evidence brief has synthesised the most up-to-date research on medical masks, cloth masks and N95 respirator masks, and suggests that New Zealand needs improved mask wearing guidelines to best protect ourselves against highly transmissible variants … Read More

Progressing the sustainability agenda

Remarks to the opening plenary of Science Summit to the United Nations 76th General Assembly Sir Peter Gluckman President-Elect of the International Science Council 14 September 2021 Mr Chairman, Members of the UN family, First let me congratulate His Excellency … Read More

The science-policy nexus and the green transition

Speech to the Workshop on Science for the Green Transition An accompanying event to the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union with UKRI, FORMAS, CSIC and Science Europe) 7 September 2021 Sir Peter Gluckman President-Elect, International Science … Read More

Media release: Time to strengthen societal cohesion

Aotearoa New Zealand must do more to strengthen its long-term societal cohesion says Sir Peter Gluckman New Zealanders’ high compliance with Covid-19 lockdown rules and our collective responses to the Auckland and Christchurch terror attacks demonstrate our societal values and … Read More

Transitions, transformations and tradeoffs

Protecting and strengthening societal resilience and cohesion Reflecting on the 18 months since Koi Tū’s launch   New Zealanders’ high compliance with Covid-19 lockdown rules and our collective responses to the Auckland and Christchurch terror attacks demonstrate our societal values … Read More

Media release: How does screen time affect children?

Seven out of eight Kiwi kids exceed recommended recreational screen time guidelines, but what is the significance of those guidelines and how should they be interpreted? A new peer-reviewed evidence brief, Screen time: The effects on children’s emotional, social, and … Read More

INGSA: the past, the present and the future

Address to the closing session of INGSA2021, Montreal 2nd September 2021 Sir Peter Gluckman Founding Chair, International Network for Government Science Advice The past In 2009 I was invited by our Prime Minister to be New Zealand’s first chief science … Read More

Covid-19, climate change and public decision making

-OPINION- Sir Peter Gluckman The Covid-19 pandemic continues to progress in a relatively predictable manner with the evolution of more transmissible variants and countries fighting back with a mix of vaccines and behavioral strategies. The long-term implications of the pandemic … Read More

On mandatory recordkeeping for contact tracing

This article was first published on Mashed Calculus and Differential Potatoes on 22 August 2021. -OPINION- Dr Andrew Chen On 22 August 2021, Minister Chris Hipkins announced that recordkeeping for contact tracing purposes would become mandatory at “busy places and … Read More

What’s wrong with Bluetooth Tracing?

This article was first published on Mashed Calculus and Differential Potatoes on 29 August 2021 and has also been republished on NZ Herald and The Spinoff. -OPINION- Dr Andrew Chen We know that contact tracing is a critical part of … Read More

The disadvantage passed down through generations

In a piece published in Newsroom, Dr Felicia Low discusses how poor maternal mental health acts as a biological contributor to the problem of intergenerational disadvantage in New Zealand. Stress during pregnancy may impact on the baby’s brain development, with … Read More

Unleashing Science: Delivering Missions for Sustainability

An official side-event at the 2021 High-Level Political Forum, International Science Council From ISC: The side event brought together policy makers, national science funders, foundations, development aid agencies and international science institutions to present a roadmap to how scale up … Read More

Interview – Re-opening NZ’s borders

With Australia’s recent announcement of its plans to re-open its borders, there are now increasing questions around what New Zealand’s response should look like. Sir Peter joined Q+A’s Jack Tame to discuss the critical importance of vaccination in being able … Read More

Interview – Reconnecting New Zealand with the world

In an interview with Stuff’s John Anthony, Sir Peter Gluckman shares some thoughts on what is needed to reopen New Zealand’s borders to the rest of the world. See Covid-19: How New Zealand might reconnect with the world after nearly … Read More

Lessons from our Covid tracing app

It has been one-year since the release of the NZ Covid Tracer app to aid contact tracing efforts during Covid-19 outbreaks. In a piece for Newsroom, Dr Andrew Chen discusses how well the app has been used, how useful it … Read More

The Conversation: the trans-Tasman bubble

Flights have resumed between New Zealand and NSW, but the temporary travel pause may not be the last An article in The Conversation co-authored by Andrew Chen and University of Canterbury professor Michael Plank discusses the challenges of quarantine-free travel between … Read More

Revival, rethink and redesign

Keynote address from Sir Peter Gluckman to the Institute of Directors Download speech notes here See also: BusinessDesk: ‘New post-pandemic’ nightmare to last for years ($ – 6 May)   I want to focus on the challenging climate in which … Read More

Podcast – ‘The Do One Better! Podcast’

Join Peter Gluckman as he chats with Alberto Lidji, host of The Do One Better! Podcast, about science advice, policy making and science diplomacy in a post-Covid world. The transcript is available here, and can be downloaded via links at … Read More

Speech – opening address to the Global Forum of Funders

The 2nd Global Forum of Funders, organised by the International Science Council, brings together leaders from national research funding agencies, foundations and development aid agencies to collaborate on supporting science for global sustainability. Sir Peter Gluckman gave the opening address … Read More

Strategy guidance note on the science-policy interface

The UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), which is part of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), has been leading a project to develop a set of principles of effective governance for sustainable … Read More

Media release: Rethink needed about how Governments manage risk

Countries need to rethink how they prepare for and manage high-impact risks, say researchers in a new report which exposes gaps in New Zealand’s risk management ecosystem. The report Uncertain but inevitable – the expert-policy-political nexus and high-impact risks says … Read More

Interview – water fluoridation

The Government has proposed shifting control over water fluoridation decisions from local councils to the Director-General of Health. Peter Gluckman discusses this change with Mike Hosking on Newstalk ZB:  

Science advice to government – why is it relevant?

Science Advice to Government – Why is it Relevant? Peter Gluckman and other speakers deliberate on this topic as part of the workshop series Is Science Advice for Policy Useful in Modern Societies? organised by the Center for Philosophy of … Read More

Podcast – The Conversation Weekly

In The Conversation Weekly’s latest podcast, COVID-19: where does the World Health Organization go from here?, Peter Gluckman shares some thoughts on the role of the World Health Organization in the Covid-19 pandemic (starts 12’11”). 

Achieving equitable mental wellbeing for Māori and Pasifika youth

-INSIGHT- Rochelle Menzies[1]   The world has changed significantly in recent decades, meaning contemporary youth are experiencing life in ways never encountered by previous generations. In this fast-changing world, younger generations face a myriad of challenges to their mental wellbeing, … Read More

The diplomatic challenges of Covid

-OPINION- Sir Peter Gluckman President-Elect, International Science Council Director, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures, University of Auckland Right from the first appearance of the Covid-19 virus, nationalistic and domestic politics in many countries compromised the global response. From … Read More

Beyond elimination

-OPINION- Sir Peter Gluckman As the Global Covid Scenarios project gets underway, it is worth reflecting on New Zealand’s current and future strategy in dealing with the pandemic. I have been surprised how many think we can live with elimination … Read More

Future scenarios for the Covid-19 pandemic

Media release Wednesday 17 February  Two top New Zealand scientists are key members of a new international panel mapping future Covid-19 scenarios. Epidemiologist Professor Sir David Skegg of the University of Otago and Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, the President-elect of … Read More

Open letter: Data use protections for NZ COVID Tracer

The content below has been reproduced from a 5 January 2021 post on Andrew Chen’s blog. Watch: Andrew discusses the letter in an interview with 1News Update, 10 February 2021: Read Minister Hipkins’ response to Andrew’s letter News articles on January … Read More

Rethinking human development

A Global Young Academy/International Science Council dialogue Sir Peter Gluckman gave a keynote presentation on human development in a special dialogue session organised as part of the wider ISC/UNDP project on Conversations in Rethinking Human Development. Watch the video below:

Policy Labs conversations

As part of the Frontiers Policy Labs initiative, Sir Peter Gluckman spoke with Prof Jean Claude Burgelman from Free University of Brussels about scientific advice and policymaking in the context of the COVID-19 response, as well as how science diplomacy … Read More

Media release: Exploring NZ’s post-pandemic direction

New Zealand needs to have tough conversations about how we can make collective decisions to improve the long-term prospects of all New Zealanders, says a new think-tank report. The Future is Now: Exploring the post-pandemic direction for Aotearoa New Zealand … Read More

First report of the INGSA Evidence-to-Policy Tracker

Preliminary findings from an exploratory study of the database In February 2020, when many parts of world were taking unprecedented measures to try to control the spread of the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus, INGSA turned to its global community for help … Read More

SAPEA Science for policy podcast

Sir Peter sat down with SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) for a Science for Policy podcast, in which conversation topics ranged from the factors driving the formation of Koi Tū, through to the global response to COVID-19 … Read More

Koi Tū newsletter – September 2020

Check out our latest newsletter – it covers just some of our latest work, including an opinion piece on the importance of sustaining democracy in challenging times, and reports and commentaries on rangatahi mental health and education. Plus, don’t forget … Read More

8 ways to get high quality expert advice

INGSA Executive Officer Lara Cowen has written a piece for Apolitical explaining the different ways by which policy makers can better access expert advice. Read the article here

Covid-19 and beyond: Contextualising our decision making

Below are the notes for Sir Peter Gluckman’s keynote speech at the ANZ-KangaNews New Zealand Capital Markets Forum on 20 August 2020 Download speech in PDF format See also: Media release: Time to refresh NZ’s long-term strategy *NEW* Stuff: Government … Read More

The science-policy interface

Sir Peter Gluckman gave a lecture to the Global Research Alliance‘s CLIFF-GRADS (Climate, Food and Farming Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships) alumni on The science-policy interface. The webinar can be viewed here: Courtesy of Global Research Alliance   The presentation … Read More

Addressing rangatahi education: Challenges after COVID-19

A partnership report by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures has examined how the COVID-19 lockdown has impacted on young Māori students’ educational experiences. Addressing rangatahi education: Challenges after COVID-19 reports on the challenges faced … Read More

Re-engaging New Zealand with the world

A new Koi Tū Conversation Paper co-authored by Sir Peter Gluckman, Rt Hon Helen Clark and Rob Fyfe calls for a public conversation on when and how New Zealand can reopen to the world. Download the paper, Re-engaging New Zealand … Read More

Koi Tū newsletter – June/July 2020

Our second newsletter, which summarises some of the papers arising from Koi Tū’s The Future Is Now Conversation Series, and showcases other insight/opinion pieces, is out now. Download it here

Rebooting science diplomacy in the context of COVID-19

Sir Peter Gluckman and Dr Vaughan Turekian, Koi Tū international affiliate and Executive Director of policy and global affairs at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, have written an essay exploring the role of science diplomacy within the … Read More

Reducing harm: The challenge of difficult choices

PD Gluckman The concept of harm reduction has a long history as an essential component of public health [1]. It is essentially a matter of making choices and taking actions which on the one hand reduce known health risks,  but … Read More

Protecting and promoting mental wellbeing: Beyond COVID-19

The fifth discussion paper from the Koi Tū ‘The Future is Now’ Conversation Series, Protecting and Promoting Mental Wellbeing: Beyond COVID-19, focuses on mitigating the threats posed by COVID-19 to the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders – both the already … Read More

Interview – This Climate Business

Sir Peter Gluckman and Dr Anne Bardsley chat with Vincent Heeringa, host of the podcast This Climate Business, about the importance of integrated, long-term planning relating to the environment in post-Covid New Zealand. Listen to the podcast here (34’11”)

The Environment is Now

The fourth discussion paper in Koi Tū’s The Future is Now Conversations Series, titled The Environment is Now, discusses the centrality of environmental sustainability in decisions about New Zealand’s future. Download the discussion paper here See also: Media release: Environment … Read More

Challenges of contact tracing in Pacific communities

-OPINION- Dr Collin Tukuitonga Associate Member, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures Introduction The socio-economic circumstances of, and cultural practices among, Pacific communities in Aotearoa/NZ makes some of the measures required to contain or eliminate COVID-19, including contact tracing, … Read More

On facial recognition, police, and regulation of new technologies

-OPINION- Colin Gavaghan, Alistair Knott, James Maclaurin, Kristiann Allen, Andrew Chen Last week, RNZ reported that NZ Police had been testing facial identification software from Clearview AI without “the necessary clearance.” Although the trial was seemingly abandoned at an early … Read More

Global science technology and innovation cooperation post-COVID-19

United Nations Science Technology and Innovation Digital Conference Contributions to the panel on Restructuring of Global Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Cooperation Post-COVID-19 15 May 2020 Sir Peter Gluckman Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice President-Elect of … Read More

On Fragmentation of Digital Contact Tracing Registers

– OPINION – Why might having too many options for digital contact tracing registers present challenges, asks Koi Tū Research Fellow Dr Andrew Chen. As New Zealanders are venturing out of their homes into wider public and private realms this … Read More

Reflections on the evidentiary-politics interface

– INSIGHT – Sir Peter Gluckman Chair, INGSA The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the interface between science and political decision making into sharp focus. The media and public in many countries are being confronted daily not only by a wide … Read More

Interview with Sarah Perriam (Sarah’s Country)

Sir Peter Gluckman was on tv/radio show Sarah’s Country to talk about the central role of farmers and the primary sector in future proofing the New Zealand economy. Listen to the podcast (~13 min) on YouTube (below) or Podcast.co.  

Interview with Jacob Anderson

In a wide ranging long-form conversation with BLAKE’s Jacob Anderson, Sir Peter Gluckman discusses the paths forward for post-COVID-19 New Zealand, the importance of transdisciplinarity, and how we can also tackle the issues of climate change, mental health wellbeing and … Read More

He Oranga Hou: Social cohesion in a post-COVID world

The second discussion paper of the Koi Tū: The Future is Now Series, titled He Oranga Hou: Social cohesion in a post-COVID world, examines the critical issue of how New Zealand’s strong national unity during lockdown will become increasingly tested … Read More

Reflections on human potential and resilience

In a commentary published by the International Science Council, Sir Peter Gluckman reflects on the need for the prevailing human development paradigm to be broadened beyond its economic foundation. He argues that questions around the measurement of human capital could … Read More

Koi Tū newsletter – April 2020

Our first newsletter is out! Read about the range of activities Koi Tū has undertaken to demonstrate its value as a source of informed insight in the wake of Covid-19 and its challenges. Download it here

Digital giants enter digital contact tracing

– OPINION – A new proposal for digital contact tracing has unique strengths, writes Koi Tū Research Fellow Dr Andrew Chen.   Another week has passed, with a lot of activity in the digital contact tracing space. The Prime Minister … Read More

Koi Tū’s role in the response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic shows how critical it is for governments to plan and think long term. While it’s natural for most people to focus on the short-term and surviving COVID-19, we must not lose sight of the importance of longer-term … Read More

Observations on surveillance

– OPINION – Professor David R Penman Director, David Penman & Associates Professor Stephen L Goldson FRSNZ Affiliate member, Koi Tū Principal Scientist, AgResearch and Professor, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University   Between us, having spent 100 years on pest … Read More

Opinion – science advice and global crises

In an opinion piece for ResearchProfessional News, Sir Peter Gluckman writes about the immense challenge COVID-19 has posed to evidence-informed policymaking, and the need for science advice systems to adapt to address this and other global crises.

Hard decisions in digital contact tracing

– OPINION – The concept of digital contract tracing raises tough questions that require hard decisions, writes Koi Tū Research Fellow Dr Andrew Chen.   Since we discussed contact tracing in the media over the past week, our Centre has … Read More

How epidemics change us

– OPINION – Dr Tatjana Buklijas Associate Director – Teaching, Koi Tū: the Centre for Informed Futures As governments around the world try to contain the pandemic of Covid-19, they often draw on experiences of past epidemics. The swift and … Read More

Social cohesion at a time of social distancing?

– OPINION – Kristiann Allen Associate Director, Policy and International Engagement, Koi Tū: the Centre for Informed Futures   We are living in an extraordinary time.  The pandemic now gripping the planet – massive and urgent in itself – is … Read More

Societal resilience – unpacking the black box

– INSIGHT – Dr Anne Bardsley Deputy Director, Koi Tū: the Centre for Informed Futures   Resilience relates to the ability of an organization/country to adapt or transform positively in response to significant transitions or threats to its wellbeing, arising … Read More

COVID-19 and the weather

There is a lot of interest in whether COVID-19 transmission is affected by temperature, and in particular what will happen as New Zealand enters autumn and then winter. The available data are of course limited and largely ecological in nature, … Read More

INGSA database on science advice & COVID-19

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) has launched a new database of resources on the effective utilisation of evidence into policy and practice with respect to COVID-19. INGSA Chair Sir Peter Gluckman explained to Times Higher Education the … Read More

Koi Tū, the virus and the future

– INSIGHT – Sir Peter Gluckman Director, Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into stark focus the interaction between science, experts, society, policy making and politics. Across the world this interaction is playing out … Read More

SciPoDS newsletter #1

Our first newsletter is out! Hear from SciPoDS Director Sir Peter Gluckman, learn about the SciPoDS Advisory Board and find out some of the activities that our members have been involved in recently. To subscribe to our newsletter, please fill … Read More

Speech – Lisbon Council

Sir Peter gave a speech to the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank and policy network, at a high-level roundtable on The Future of Work: How Better Family Policy and Access to Lifetime Learning Will Drive Europe’s Development. Notes for … Read More

University of Bergen Honorary Doctorate

Sir Peter was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bergen, Norway, and gave a speech on Science in a global perspective – challenges ahead. The speech notes can be downloaded here. Sir Peter’s acceptance speech on behalf of … Read More

Keynote lecture – HortNZ conference

Sir Peter delivered the keynote lecture at the 2019 Horticulture NZ conference. Media and links: Speech notes Media release Media reports in RNZ, Stuff, and NZ Herald (article 1 | article 2)  

Presentation: 10 rules for policy brokerage

Sir Peter talked about the 10 rules for policy brokerage at the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN) meeting on evidence-policy brokerage. The Powerpoint slides are available here.  

Address – Jerry Ravetz’s 90th birthday

Sir Peter gave an address at a University of Oxford workshop honouring Jerry Ravetz (who along with Silvio Funtowicz developed the concept of post-normal science), on the occasion of his 90th birthday. The speech notes are available here.

Lecture – INGSA/EU LifeCycle Project

Sir Peter delivered a lecture on Translating evidence to policy: principles and practice at a workshop in Copenhagen jointly organised by INGSA and the EU’s LifeCycle Project. The Powerpoint slides can be downloaded here.

Lecture – Wolfson College, Oxford

Sir Peter delivered a lecture on Expanding the diplomatic toolkit: the further evolution of science diplomacy, as part of Wolfson College’s Diplomacy for the 21st century lecture series. This lecture was also delivered to the New Zealand High Commission on … Read More

Address at INGSA workshop, Global Young Academy conference

Sir Peter Gluckman delivered the keynote address at an INGSA capacity building workshop on science advice that was run at the 2019 Global Young Academy AGM and international conference in Halle, Germany. The Powerpoint slides can be downloaded here.  

Address to ANZAC ceremony

This ANZAC day, Sir Peter Gluckman gave an address to the ANZAC ceremony at Auckland Grammar School.

Kupe leadership programme launch

Sir Peter Gluckman spoke at the launch of the inaugural Kupe Leadership Scholarships on Democracy, Leadership, Difficult Conversations and Truth-Decay. The speech notes can be downloaded here. The Kupe Leadership Scholarships offer a bespoke leadership development programme alongside the scholars’ … Read More

OECD presentation – Standards of evidence in policy advice

Sir Peter Gluckman made the keynote introduction to the October 2018 OECD meeting on standards of evidence in policy advice. The presentation slides can be downloaded here. Background Fostering evidence-informed policy making in a post-truth context is challenging. Governments recognise … Read More