Recognition in New Year Honours

Koi Tū Deputy Director, Dr Anne Bardsley, recognised in the 2020 New Year Honours

Dr Anne Bardsley

We were delighted that Anne’s many contributions were recognised with the award of Membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her contributions to science and policy in the 2020 New Year Honours list.  This was a distinct recognition to the work Anne has contributed to building the interface between science and policy over the last seven years and is a recognition of the importance to New Zealand of a strong science advisory system.

As a senior member of the team when I was Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister, Anne took the lead on a number of important projects, most notably the report on New Zealand’s freshwater system, the report on water fluoridation, the Environment and Conservation Road map, the report on reducing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and the highly impactful report on screening properties for methamphetamine. Each of these reports required enormous dedication and large amounts of research and consultation, often globally.

Anne is recognised as an expert on risk assessment; she authored two major papers on understanding risk and served on the OECD expert advisory group on science advice in emergencies. She has played a major role in work NZ officials have undertaken to review risks across government. In 2018, she became Deputy Director for research in Koi Tū. She has recently chaired for the Government the panel that prepared the National Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework which has been widely applauded for its rigour and completeness. She is now leading a number of projects in Koi Tū related to societal resilience and to addressing long-term challenges facing New Zealand.

— Sir Peter Gluckman