Dr Rachael Glassey is a Senior Research Fellow in the newly created Te Kura I Awarua Rangahau Māori Centre at EIT | Te Pūkenga.
Rachael, 33, joined EIT | Te Pūkenga last year to work on a community research project, Nourishing Hawke’s Bay: He wairua tō te kai. She has since been appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the newly created Te Kura I Awarua Rangahau Māori Centre at EIT | Te Pūkenga.
Dr Glassey is presently working as part of a research team continuing its exploration of food security, health and wellbeing for children in Hawke’s Bay which includes a lot of work centred around the Ministry of Education’s healthy school lunch programme; Ka Ora, Ka Ako and extends further into wider food ecosystem issues. The team is led by Principal Investigators, Professor David Tipene-Leach and Professor Boyd Swinburn. The continuation of the project is thanks to a groScience Challenge, which falls under the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The continuation of the project is thanks to a ground-breaking two-year research grant from A Better Start E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge.
“It’s really important to have a grant like this to do some research and hopefully find ways we can improve life for our kids in Hawke’s Bay.”
Rachael says there are a number of layers to the project, starting with schools and principals who were part of the original Nourishing Hawke’s Bay project.
“This was done in conjunction with the community as a way to try to make some immediate difference for children. An important part of this research is the incorporation of mātauranga Māori. One of our goals is to create a regional food roadmap which will be a collaboration with everyone in Hawke’s Bay who is involved in the food system, including schools, whānau, growers and food rescues.”
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