Issue 01, March 2016
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A Better Start

E ngā waka, e ngā mana, tēnā koutou katoa

Welcome to the first issue of our regular update on what’s happening at
A Better Start – the National Science Challenge working to reduce obesity and improve learning and mental health in children.

Find out more on our new website at  

E Tipu e Rea
A Better Start’s Māori name, E Tipu e Rea, means “grow and branch forth.” It is the opening phrase of a passage written in a schoolgirl’s autograph book in 1949 by Māori leader and scholar Sir Āpirana Ngata, of Ngāti Porou, to express his vision for Māori youth.
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Challenge Launch
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has officially launched A Better Start, calling it “a massively important piece of work.”

Watch the launch on video
We have up to $34.7 million in government funding over 10 years to find better ways to predict, prevent and treat obesity, learning and mental health problems in children and teenagers.
We’re enormously grateful to Tamaki College, which hosted our launch on their marae in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes on Friday 19 February, 2016.

Photo (L to R) Challenge Director Professor Wayne Cutfield, Science and Innovation
Minister, Hon Steven Joyce and Tamaki College Head Boy, Utufiu Niko.

Meet our Science Leaders
A Better Start
Our Science Leadership Team
(L to R) Professor Wayne Cutfield, Professor Gail Gillon, Professor Sally Merry, Professor Barry Taylor and Professor Angus Macfarlane.

The Challenge partners are the host, the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland, along with the University of Canterbury, the University of Otago, Auckland University of Technology, the University of Waikato, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington and AgResearch Limited.

In coming updates, we’ll introduce you to the members of our board,  and to our advisors.

We're in the news
News Media Coverage
The recent launch of
A Better Start: E Tipu E Rea has drawn national news media coverage, including a thoughtful lead editorial in The New Zealand Herald, a Newshub TV3 piece, and interviews for Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report.

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