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
Announcement coming in January!
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
Welcome to our new board member, Professor Simon Holdaway. Professor Holdaway is an archaeologist who studies New Zealand's ancient past, and is Associate Deputy VC Research at the University of Auckland. He is the University's representative on A Better Start's board...
Kia ora, Welcome to 2022, we hope you had a wonderful, restful break and spent time with whānau and friends. The team at A Better Start is back on deck, and our researchers are full steam ahead working on our six major health research projects (focused on sleep...
Kia ora, here we are at the tail-end of 2021, and I'm sure we're all looking forward to ringing in a new – and hopefully better – year! Covid-19 has again caused much disruption this year, with long lockdowns affecting whānau, schools and businesses throughout the...
Say hello to our last newsletter for 2021. Read it HERE Read about whether preschoolers benefit from being enrolled in childcare, the latest research on Infant Growth, the impact of lockdown school closures on children, and our latest publications.
A Better Start National Science Challenge and Whānau Āwhina Plunket recently held a webinar, Watch Me Grow, which explored the latest research in infant growth. A Better Start Deputy Director Barry Taylor and Whānau Āwhina Plunket’s Chief Nurse Dr Jane O’Malley were...
Say hello to our latest newsletter! Read it HERE Watch our latest webinars on the Impacts of Covid-19 and Increased Screen Time on Children's Learning, and Infant Growth; find out whether free school lunches are a good investment; and discover the latest research...
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.