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Research at the Child Well-being Research Institute

07 November 2023

At the Child Well-being Research Institute we take a holistic approach to research and work collaboratively. We co-construct our projects with partner organisations and communities of interest. From nutrition to autism, learn more about research at the Child Well-being Research Institute.


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 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.

Research Areas


Learning Success

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Nutrition and well-being


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Social and emotional well-being


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Child population health


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Autism and well-being


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Early years learning


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Māori learning and success


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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
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Child and Youth Well-being Strategy 

Have you seen the new Child and Youth Well-being Strategy and website? Our research is connected to the government's aspirations, the strategy, and how they plan on measuring success.

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