We held our final symposium on the 10th of April, showcasing our latest research findings and impacts, we reflected on the national impact we collectively achieved with whānau, communities, stakeholders, and implementation partners. However, it’s critical to recognise that this work is a continuum and the legacy of each of our projects builds, so we also took time to look to the future beyond the Challenge and the continued research efforts that are needed beyond the National Science Challenge to build on the critical work we have done over our time.

It was a fantastic day and evening and we thank everyone that attended, along with all those that took part in the panel discussions.

We thank Dr Claire Achmad, Chief Children’s Commissioner for giving the Opening Address. Thank you to Sir Professor Ashley Bloomfield for his time and insights that he shared on the future of research in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We also thank our Science Advisory Panel member in particular Professor Ken Ong and Harriet Hiscock, for their for their fascinating keynote addresses, which I encourage you to listen to below. I cannot thank them enough for taking the time to share with us their knowledge and expertise with us.

Special thanks to Patrick Gower and our esteemed panel:  Dr Jin Russell, Professor Michael Witbrock, Isaac Heron, and Professor Helen Moewaka Barnes.

Thanks also to our fantastic guest speaker Dave Letele from BBM Motivation who shared his inspirational story and how he is making a difference in the lives of so many.

To hear the audio of the presentation’s, check out the powerpoints and pictures go to 2024 A Better Start Symposium.

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