A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea

National Science Challenge

Better science together for a better start in life

Our children are the future
Every child should have the best possible start in life. To achieve this A Better Start researchers are creating the tools and methods to predict, prevent and intervene early so children have a healthy weight, are successful learners and they can access the tools they need to look after their mental health.

A Better Start is the National Science Challenge working to help children, teenagers, their whanau and family achieve the best possible start in life. Our job is to find practical, evidence-based solutions that make a measurable difference for tamariki.

We can achieve this by working with communities, drawing together indigenous and Western approaches to knowledge and bringing together the best researchers from different disciplines here and overseas to take a holistic approach rather than addressing health, wellbeing and learning issues in isolation.

$1 MILLION RESEARCH FUNDING TO IMPROVE PASIFIKA CHILD HEALTH 

Applications now open!

A Better Start National Science Challenge is investing $1 million in Pasifika-led child health research working with Pasifika communities.
It is seeking to fund innovative research aimed at delivering practical, evidence-based solutions specifically in the areas of healthy weight, successful learning and mental health and resilience. Applications must have a focus on enhancing the wellbeing of Pasifika children and young people, their families and communities.
The funding round is now open and registrations of interest close on Wednesday August 11, 2021. The closing date for full applications is October 6, 2021 and the successful projects will be announced in December.
For more information and details on how to apply, please go to our Grants & Funding page.

From the Director 

A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea has more than 160 researchers delivering excellent science to give our tamariki a better start in life. They come from many different disciplines and organisations, but are united in their commitment. Our researchers share a collaborative approach and through the He Awa Whiria (braided rivers) model weave together knowledge from differing sources that flow together to progress the wellbeing of tamariki.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Wayne Cutfield
Challenge Director

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Te Wiki o te reo Māori

Te Wiki o te reo Māori

This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week. It's a great opportunity for everyone to kōrero in te reo. To test yourself, join the Mahuru Maori challenge - the aim of which is to consciously use as much te reo Māori as you can during Mahuru (September)....

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WEBINAR: The latest research on SUDI

WEBINAR: The latest research on SUDI

When: Wednesday 8 September, 12:30pm REGISTER HERE to book your free place and receive the Zoom link. Are you a Well Child provider or a researcher with a special interest in SUDI? A Better Start National Science Challenge and Whānau Āwhina Plunket invite you to our...

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E Tipu e Rea

Grow and Branch Forth 

E Tipu e Rea is A Better Start’s Māori name.

In 1949, shortly before his death, Māori leader and scholar Sir Āpirana Turupa Ngata of Ngāti Porou wrote into the autograph book of schoolgirl Rangi Bennett a passage about his vision for Māori youth.

E tipu e rea mō ngā rā o tō ao
Ko tō ringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā
Hei ora mō te tinana

Ko tō ngākau ki ngā tāonga a ō tīpuna Māori
Hei tikitiki mō tō māhuna
Ko tō wairua ki tō atua
Nānā nei ngā mea katoa.

Grow and branch forth for the days destined to you
Your hands to the tools of the Pākehā
For the welfare of your body

Your heart to the treasures of your ancestors
adornments for your brow
Your spirit to god
Who made all things.