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
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,...
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)....
When: Wednesday 22 September, 12:30pm REGISTER HERE to book your free place and receive the Zoom link. Are you a Well Child provider, a primary healthcare provider, or a researcher? A Better Start E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge, Cure Kids and The Paediatric...
Congratulations to A Better Start’s Challenge Director, Professor Wayne Cutfield, who has been awarded the Howard Williams Medal 2022. The medal is awarded by the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and recognises...
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...
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.