A Better Start: E Tipu e ReaNational 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!
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.
Professor Wayne Cutfield
News and events
When: Wednesday October 27 at 3.30pm REGISTER HERE to book your free place and receive the Zoom link. A Better Start E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge invites you to a free webinar exploring the impact of Covid-19 and increased screen time on children's learning...
WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE In one of our most popular webinars of the year, key speakers Professor Peter McIntyre - an expert in paediatric infectious disesases, and Professor Claire Breen, an academic law expert on children's rights, look at the issues surrounding...
A Better Start National Science Challenge and Whānau Āwhina Plunket recently held a webinar, Sleep Me Safe, which explored the latest research and developments in Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), including results from the most recent NZ case-control study....
WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE Discover the latest research on Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) in this webinar, including results from the most recent NZ case-control study. Our guest speakers for this webinar are: Emeritus Professor Ed Mitchell, a SUDI academic...
by Dr Mavis Duncanson, Director of the NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service Early in 2020 the United Nations signalled that children may experience poor health outcomes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Harmful effects were expected to fall more strongly...
A Better Start board member Sharon Shea will help shape some of the major changes to the country’s health system with her appointment as Co-Chair of the Māori Health Authority and a board member of Health New Zealand. Sharon (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Hine,...
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.