The National Science Challenges provide a new mechanism for funding research and contributing to improved social outcomes for New Zealand. The three health and wellbeing National Science Challenges—Healthier Lives, Ageing Well, and A Better Start—all have a strong focus on addressing health inequities and issues of significance to Māori communities.
The recent establishment of the Te Tira Rangahau Hauora network provides the three Challenges with another way to connect with Māori researchers and focus their support and energy towards improving the health and wellbeing of Māori communities. The group was launched at a hui on 11 March at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development in Hopuhopu.
Over 30 participants attended the hui and co-organiser Maui Hudson says “The aim of the network is to enable kairangahau Māori to review and share project learnings across the three Challenges by providing opportunities to collaborate on Challenge and cross-Challenge projects that have a strong Vision Mātauranga focus. We also want to support the development of Māori research capability, particularly for early career researchers.”
Throughout the day participants had an opportunity to network, find out more about the progress of each Challenge and discuss ideas for working creatively and collaboratively to make the greatest impact.
For more information about the network contact:
- Angus Macfarlane—A Better Start Challenge
- Maui Hudson—Healthier Lives Challenge
- Tahu Kukutai—Ageing Well Challenge
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