Symposium: Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2024

14 February 2024

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Thank you for joining us at the Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2024. Videos of the talks will be available soon.

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During the event, Healthier Lives launched companion reports about co-designing health research in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read more and download the reports here.

View the Kōrero Tahi programme and messages for the future. [PDF]


Our kaupapa partners, stakeholders and research teams gathered at Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2024 to explore how research evidence generated through the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge can enable better and more equitable health outcomes for Aotearoa New Zealand.

Healthier Lives research is firmly focussed on the goal of achieving equitable health outcomes, but our aspirations reach beyond that – to a healthier planet and better health for all New Zealanders.

Kōrero Tahi 2024 featured keynote speakers who challenged us, the launch of a report about co-designing research with integrity, and an ongoing conversation between kaupapa partners, stakeholders, and researchers about implementing research evidence.

Emerging researchers presented their findings alongside research leaders, bringing new perspectives to this conversation.


Keynote speakers

Professor Nick Wareham

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Professor Nick Wareham is one of the United Kingdom’s leading health researchers. He is Director of the British Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit, Co-Director of the Institute of Metabolic Science, Honorary Consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge. His main research interests are in understanding the aetiology of type 2 diabetes, particularly in generating understanding about the interplay between genetic, developmental, and behavioural risk factors. He also researches strategies for the early detection and prevention of diabetes, including individual and societal level interventions.

Max Rashbrooke

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Max Rashbrooke is a Wellington-based writer and public intellectual, with twin interests in economic inequality and democratic renewal. His latest book is Too Much Money: How Wealth Disparities are Unbalancing Aotearoa New Zealand, based on research he carried out as the 2020 J. D. Stout Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington. His previous works include Government for the Public Good: The Surprising Science of Large-Scale Collective Action and Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, both published by Bridget Williams Books. A senior research fellow at Victoria University’s School of Government, he writes a fortnightly column for The Post, and his work appears in outlets such as the Guardian and Prospect magazine. His TED.com talk on upgrading democracy has been viewed 1.5 million times.


Kōrero Tahi 2024 had three sessions:

  • Healthy food and physical activity environments (Tuesday morning, 13 February)
  • Precision medicine (Tuesday afternoon, 13 February)
  • Culturally-engaged healthcare for Māori and Pacific peoples (Wednesday all day, 14 February)

View our 2019-24 Research Strategy

He Pikinga Waiora Research Findings Brief

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