Stand Together for Science

PSA members around the country joined the thousands of New Zealanders at the Global March for Science on Earth Day, April 22.


Wellington standing together for science (photo: Veronika Meduna)

Marches for science were held in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Palmerston North, and Auckland.

New Zealand was the first country in the world to march, so it was great that all were well supported.

The sight of thousands of Kiwis standing together for science captured the media's attention and set the scene for a jubilant day of marching - which also had a strong point to make.

PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay spoke at the Wellington march.  Here's what he said:

"Here in Wellington we’re at the centre of New Zealand’s democratic decision making.

It’s both fitting and important that we care so much about the quality of that decision making – and that’s what we’ve all shown by marching here today.

Science matters, evidence-based decision making matters.  It matters to all of us that decision makers do not make things up.

The PSA, Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi has been the union for public servants for over 100 years.


Wellington marchers at Te Papa (photo: Maddy Drew)

PSA members have a strong history of standing together to defend both public sector workers’ rights to speak out as citizens and their obligation to provide free, frank and fearless advice to decision makers.

These rights and obligations are as important now as they have always been, and will always be for New Zealand to have a thriving democracy.

Today the PSA is calling on all public sector employers of scientists – both physical and social scientists – to honour the principle of scientific integrity both in spirit and in practice.  This means respecting scientists’ right to publicly explain and defend their research.

And we’re standing together here to celebrate everyone across the country - scientists, researchers and policy people - whose free, frank and fearless advice informs good decision making.


A beautiful day for the Christchurch march (photo: Chris Moore)

It is good, evidence-based decision making that makes for strong public services and a strong country."