A new research project aims to cut the number of children who struggle to read and make New Zealand the only country in the world to successfully reduce childhood obesity.
The government has awarded the “Better Start: E Tipu e Rea” scheme $34 million over 10 years.
The project is focused on the literacy, obesity and mental health of children in low-income communities.
Its director, Wayne Cutfield from the University of Auckland, said those were big problems.
“One in three New Zealand children is overweight or obese, one in three children are not meeting the standards for reading in their first year of school and one in three children will have significant mental health problem before they’re 18 years of age.”