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Gluckman reappointed as chief science advisor

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman will be staying on as the Prime Minister’s chief science advisor for another two years.

Prime Minister John Key today announced the reappointment of Professor Sir Peter Gluckman as the Prime Minister’s chief science advisor for the next two years.

Key says Sir Peter has been an extremely effective advisor since he was appointed to the newly-created role in 2009.

“When I created this role it was my intention that science be put at the heart of Government and our decision-making, and Sir Peter has worked hard to achieve this in the past two years,” Key says.

“He has fulfilled the purposes of the role since taking it up, and I am very pleased to reappoint him for a further two years.”

During his tenure, Sir Peter has spoken out on issues ranging from climate change to youth boot camps and early childhood. Originally trained as a doctor, he later went on to set up the Liggins Institute and lead other research centres. 

He was also recently named the second most-trusted Kiwi by Reader's Digest magazine.

Key says the role demands a high level of scientific expertise and integrity.

“I’m delighted Sir Peter will continue to provide me with a direct line to advice when I need it. He is an independent voice that will complement existing channels of advice such as government departments and the Royal Society."

Sir Peter’s reappointment period commenced on July 1.