Team Tamariki

Team is a group of families who are willing to be contacted when their child is the right age for research projects that are about to start at the University. The research projects will be on some aspect of child development or learning. For example, we might want to know what kinds of words children learn in their first two years, so we would ask you to bring your child into our child language centre to play some games and do some child development tests.

Team Tamariki is run by the University of Canterbury and the New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour. The Team is looked after by a project manager (Professor Stephanie Stokes) and the NZILBB manager (Emma Parnell) so from time to time one of us would contact you about your willingness to take part in research projects.

What happens if you sign up?

Team Tamariki is a list that includes your name, your child’s name, your child’s data of birth, your contact information (address, email and telephone) and some other details that you provide in a questionnaire. Joining a project is voluntary; you can say yes or no. Your child can only join one research project at a time and we would not want your child to do lots of projects in one year. You can decide how many projects you would like your child to take part in. You can ask to be taken off the Team list at any time. In 2011, children under 6 are invited to join.

Your names and contact details are kept on the list, but only Stephanie and Emma will ever see that list. Only we can contact you. A researcher who would like to find children for a research project asks us to find the right children on the list. We will contact you to ask if you would like to join a specific research project. If you say yes, then we will send you the details of that project, and you can decide if you want to join. Your child is given a number for each project, and no names ever appear on research results.

How to sign up

If you wish to register your child for one of the Team Tamariki projects then please email Emma and she will send you out a registration form.

Or you could download the Team Tamariki registration form and mail it to:

Team Tamariki

University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140