Improving housing to improve health wins top New Zealand science prize
A 28-member team of scientists, including Cheryl Davies from the Tū Kotahi Maori Asthma Trust whose research over more than 15 years has involved thousands of New Zealanders, earned international acclaim and informed policy developments for successive New Zealand governments has won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.
The $500,000 prize has been presented to the He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, led by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from the University of Otago, who is the first woman research leader and the first social scientist to receive the prestigious award.
Tū Kotahi have worked on a number of research studies over the past 15 years. For the majority of studies, we have worked alongside the University of Otago and Massey University. We have been involved at all levels to ensure the Māori; and community voice is heard. We are always mindful of the community’s huge contribution to research over the years and the need to acknowledge communities by giving back as part of the research process.
We are currently looking for hapu or pregnant mums to take part in the NEST study
Would you like to take part in a research study aimed at reducing the risk of asthma and allergy in your baby? Cold and damp houses have been shown in many studies to be linked to asthma in children. Researchers from the University of Otago have recently shown that dampness is also related to the onset of wheezing in children. In this study we are looking at how improving heating and how using different types of bedding might help reduce the chance of wheezing and asthma in young children.