The National Science Challenges

What are the National Science Challenges?

The National Science Challenges are designed to find solutions to some of the large, complex issues that matter most to us.

Each challenge draws scientists from different institutions and disciplines together, to work towards solutions which would make a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders.

This is a new, mission-led approach designed to focus the New Zealand government’s investment in science – generating better science, faster to deliver results in areas of national significance.

There are 11 National Science Challenges, each targeting a bold goal in a different area of science. The National Science Challenges are overseen by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Why were obesity, literacy and mental health chosen for A Better Start?

When the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment called for public submissions on what issues the National Science Challenges should tackle, the wellbeing of New Zealand’s children emerged as a priority.   

The Challenge consulted scientists and stakeholders – who identified a healthy weight, successful learning and sound mental health as three of the most important areas for our tamariki.