The Institute is collaborative in its design and its function, and co-constructs its projects with partner organisations and communities of interest.
The Institute embraces the premises of Vision Mātauranga and builds on the learnings from the A Better Start National Science Challenge to encourage innovation and meaningful impact from our research endeavours. We ensure cultural safety in all our work with particular regard to the needs of Māori and Pasifika communities.
The Institute also aims to support the development of emerging researchers and foster interdisciplinary research, working in constructive and collaborative ways to build teams for research bids and project work. The skills and knowledge of staff within the Institute are harnessed to ensure digital technology is at the leading edge in terms of project design, project execution, dissemination of research outputs to community members, policy funders, and global audiences.
Nutrition and well-being
Social and emotional well-being
Child population health
Autism and well-being
Early years learning
Māori learning and success
A range of Research groups contribute to the Institute.
- A Better Start - Literacy and Learning Theme
- Autism Research Collaborative
- e-Learning Lab
- Te Rū Rangahau: Maori Education Research Lab
- Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group
- GeoHealth Laboratory