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.