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
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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 researchers provide expert commentary on the Challenge's research projects and priority research themes, as well as child wellbeing issues affecting New Zealanders. Here are some recent highlights. For more news about A Better Start, visit our News...
Ten Māori researchers with A Better Start National Science Challenge have come together for a "Zui" (Zoom hui). The new initiative allows for greater knowledge-sharing and collaboration among our Māori researchers, who are working across a range of child wellbeing...
Lead researchers of A Better Start National Science Challenge's Successful Learning theme present latest findings and project details of their Better Start to Literacy Approach, which involves over 1500 tamariki (aged 3- 6 years) and their whānau. The approach is...
Our latest newsletter is out. Read it HERE Find out all about why Hawke's Bay children's habits are under the spotlight, the sleep treatment used by 1 in 4 Kiwi children with autism, moves to prevent later childhood obesity, research news, recent publications and so...
Researchers are a step closer to developing a prediction model for childhood obesity in New Zealand. Childhood obesity is a serious public health challenge, and identifying high-risk individuals for early intervention is a priority. Worldwide, an estimated 40.6...
The sleep habits, screen time, physical activity and food intake of hundreds of Hawke’s Bay primary and secondary school students are coming under the scrutiny of A Better Start researchers. More than 1300 Year 5 and Year 9 students from almost 30 schools are...
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.