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.
MULTIMILLION DOLLAR FUNDING FOR CHILD HEALTH RESEARCH
Joint Funding Round – A Better Start and Cure Kids
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
A Better Start National Science Challenge Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane has received one of the Queen’s highest honours. Professor Macfarlane is a leader with A Better Start’s Successful Learning team, and is the Challenge's Kaihautu Māori. He has been made a...
Our latest newsletter is out. Read it HERE Find out all about our Child Wellbeing Workshop, our upcoming webinar on child nutrition, a new sleep toolkit for Māori and Pasifika babies, latest research news, recent publications and so much more. Subscribe to A Better...
A Better Start National Science Challenge, along with The Paediatric Society of New Zealand and Cure Kids, invite you to a free webinar to discover the latest in child nutrition. REGISTER NOW Tots to Teens: Hot Topics in Child Nutrition Wednesday June 16 at 12.30pm A...
What is child wellbeing, how do we measure it, and how can we improve it in New Zealand? Those were the key questions posed at the E Tipu e Rea Child Wellbeing Workshop, hosted by A Better Start in Wellington earlier this month. The Challenge’s Science Leadership Team...
Congratulations to A Better Start's Successful Learning theme leader, Professor Brigid McNeill, who gave her professorial lecture at the University of Canterbury last month. Titled The pathway to impact: Effective teaching practices for early literacy success, the...
Congratulations to A Better Start board member Sharon Shea, who has been appointed as the first-ever permanent Māori Chair of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. “I feel honoured to bring a tangata whenua perspective to the board’s leadership and to support the...
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.