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
Say hello to our latest newsletter! Read it HERE Watch our latest webinars on Children and the Covid-19 Vaccine, and Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI); find out how Delta is affecting NZ children; register for our upcoming webinar on the impact of Covid-19...
Congratulations to Professor Boyd Swinburn, who is the recipient of the Gluckman Medal for 2022. The Gluckman Medal is the University of Auckland's premier medical research award and recognises Professor Swinburn's outstanding research contributions. Professor...
When: Wednesday October 27 at 3.30pm REGISTER HERE to book your free place and receive the Zoom link. A Better Start E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge invites you to a free webinar exploring the impact of Covid-19 and increased screen time on children's learning...
WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE In one of our most popular webinars of the year, key speakers Professor Peter McIntyre - an expert in paediatric infectious disesases, and Professor Claire Breen, an academic law expert on children's rights, look at the issues surrounding...
A Better Start National Science Challenge and Whānau Āwhina Plunket recently held a webinar, Sleep Me Safe, which explored the latest research and developments in Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), including results from the most recent NZ case-control study....
WATCH THE WEBINAR HERE READ OUR EXPERTS' ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS HERE Discover the latest research on Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) in this webinar, including results from the most recent NZ case-control study. Our guest speakers for this webinar 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.