2016 Kōrero Tahi programme booklet

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Past Events


Culturally centred health interventions for Pacific-led research, 12 February 2020

This small fono, held at Massey University Wellington with Pasifika health providers, community leaders and researchers, focussed on scoping and prioritising research topics related to culturally-centred health interventions for Pacific peoples. The fono’s purpose was to inform funding decisions about Pacific-led research within Healthier Lives.



Workshop on Health Systems Modeling, 2 December 2019 and Evidence Matters, 5 December 2019

This 1-day workshop with Professor Margaret Brandeau (Stanford University), supported by Healthier Lives and hosted by the University of Auckland, looked at how analytic and computational tools – and, more generally, an analytic way of thinking – can be used to support the design and management of effective and efficient healthcare systems. Professor Brandeau also gave a lunchtime seminar in Wellington, on 5 December at the Ministry of Social Development which was hosted in association with Healthier Lives and the Virtual Health Information Network.

Professor Brandeau was in New Zealand courtesy of the University of Auckland Distinguished Visitor Award.


Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi, 25-26 November 2019

This two day meeting in Dunedin focussed on the theme ‘Towards Health Equity’. Members of our research teams joined community partners, key stakeholders, and members of the Governance Group and Kāhui Māori to discuss how we can work together to achieve health equity in Aotearoa.


From Evidence to Everyday, 20 September 2019

Hosted by the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre with support from Healthier Lives, this symposium explored how nutrition research is interpreted by health professionals, the media, policymakers, the community, and ultimately makes its way into our everyday food choices.


Culturally centred health interventions for Māori-led research, 24 June 2019

This small hui, hosted by Toi Tangata with Māori health providers, community leaders and researchers, focussed on scoping and prioritising research topics related to culturally-centred health interventions for Māori. The hui’s purpose was to inform funding decisions about Māori-led research within Healthier Lives as well as help to develop a wider agenda for Māori-led health research.


Healthy Food and Physical Activity Environments, 22 May 2019

This small workshop focussed on scoping and prioritising research for our new theme, healthy food and physical activity environments. Attendees included representatives from the Ministries of Health and Primary Industries, the Chief Science Adviser for the Ministry of Transport, two British experts, researchers from seven New Zealand research institutions, and colleagues from two other National Science Challenges with closely aligned interests.


Focus on Fibre and Food Monitoring, 11 – 12 February 2019

Co-hosted with the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre and the Riddet Institute, this symposium focussed on the role of dietary fibre in preventing and treating non-communicable diseases, and the importance of knowing what New Zealanders eat to inform effective health research and policy.



He ora te whakapiri: Unleashing the potential of New Zealand life course research, 18 October 2018

Jointly hosted by the three health National Science Challenges, He ora te whakapiri was opened by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and featured keynote addresses by Professor Janeen Baxter, University of Queensland, and Professor Richie Poulton, University of Otago.


Screenplay Storytelling, 9 September 2018

Hosted by the New Zealand Young Writers Festival, Screenplay Storytelling featured I’m Still Here (YouTube 25m 39s), a short documentary film about the role a unique gym plays in the rehabilitation of breast cancer survivors, produced and directed by Emma Schranz for her Master of Science Communication degree, jointly sponsored by Healthier Lives and the Cancer Society.


Tackling Diet-related Disease in New Zealand, 4 September 2018

Hosted by the DIET Programme, INFORMAS and the BODE3 Programme and co-sponsored by Healthier Lives, Tackling Diet-related Disease in New Zealand – the need, the evidence, the priorities featured presentations and discussion on population diets in New Zealand and the priorities for action.


The global effort to tackle obesity and diabetes, 23 February 2018

Co-hosted by the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, The global effort to tackle obesity and diabetes; Lessons from population approaches in Canada and the UK featured two members of the Healthier Lives International Science Advisory Panel; Professor Jeffery Reading, Canada, on Indigenous health systems governance in Canada and Professor Nick Wareham, UK, on Balancing individual and societal approaches to diabetes prevention.



Cancer: Where we’re at…, 4 November 2017

Jointly hosted by the Cancer Society Otago and Southland, Cancer: Where we’re at… Research, therapy and access featured Professor Parry Guilford, Healthier Lives Deputy Director, on The Cause of Cancer – Genetics and how new drugs can target those genes as part of the Healthier Lives Seminar Series 2017-18.


The Diabesity Crisis, 17 March 2017

Co-hosted with A Better Start National Science Challenge and Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, The Diabesity Crisis: how can we make a difference? symposium brought together national and international experts in diabetes and obesity research, focusing on how preventive actions and treatments can make a difference to the rising tide of diabetes and obesity in New Zealand.


The ‘cost’ of sugar, 16 March 2017

This public forum was about the wide-ranging impacts of sugar in our society. Renowned broadcaster, Kim Hill, chaired an expert panel and took questions from the audience to tease out what we really know about this complex and controversial topic



Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi, 18 October 2016

Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2016 was an opportunity to hear about early research in the Healthier Lives Challenge. This was the first research symposium, held in Wellington on 18 October 2016. The  aim of the event was to start or build on conversations with fellow researchers and stakeholders.