A Better Start | E Tipu e Rea
The aim of the Better Start Challenge is to improve the potential for young New Zealanders to have healthy and successful lives.
Launched: 19 February 2016
Funding: Up to $34.7 million over 10 years
Host: University of Auckland
The aim of the Challenge is to improve the potential for young New Zealanders to have healthy and successful lives.
To achieve this objective, the Challenge is:
- researching improved methods and tools to predict, prevent and treat obesity
- identifying and addressing learning and mental health problems in children and teenagers.
The Challenge’s research strategy is new for New Zealand as it will target at-risk children early, engage their communities, draw together different disciplines, and take a holistic approach to obesity, learning, and mental health difficulties, which are frequently studied in isolation.
The Challenge is using ‘big data’ as captured by a range of government agencies to inform progress in reaching key developmental milestones in each of these areas.
To improve the potential of young New Zealanders to have a healthy and successful life
‘Grow ye o seed and fulfil your potential’
This is the first line of a famous poem penned by Sir Apirana Turupā Ngata (member of Parliament for Eastern Māori 1905-1943).
E Tipu e Rea - Grow and branch forth
- Auckland University of Technology
- University of Waikato
- Massey University
- Victoria University of Wellington
- University of Canterbury
- University of Otago
- AgResearch Limited.