Completed Research Projects

Fighting fit, fighting fat!

The Hinu Wero approach

Shockingly, New Zealand now has the third highest obesity rate in the OECD, with one in three adults and one in ten children being obese. These rates are worse for Māori and Pacific people and those living in the most deprived areas.



PIP: Prediabetes intervention


There is an urgent need to implement effective prediabetes management strategies to reduce the increasing health and economic costs of New Zealand’s growing diabetes epidemic. The prevalence of diabetes is 7% and the prevalence of prediabetes is 26%.


Hypoglycaemia Prevention


Hypoglycaemia Prevention in Newborns with Oral Dextrose

Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) is the commonest metabolic condition of the newborn. It affects up to 15% of babies, and the incidence is increasing as risk factors such as maternal diabetes and preterm birth are becoming more common...


Back to Sleep

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of cot death or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in the world. The Foundation’s support allowed Hawke’s Bay to participate in a three-year national study (primarily funded by Health Research Council), which led to world-wide change on the best way to sleep newborns.



We talk about family violence

We talk about family violenceIn 2002 a small team from the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board; Service Manager Mollie Wilson, ED Nurse Miranda Ritchie (who co-ordinated the programme), Social Worker Lowana Crawford and Community and General Pediatrician Dr Russell Wills set out to develop a Family Violence Intervention Programme.



Working in the Community

working-communityThe Foundation provided financial support to adapt the VIP model for primary healthcare, which was trialed at The Hastings Health Centre and coordinated by nurse Helen Francis. During the first 18 months of this programme 2849 women were asked about their safety. Of these 140 were experiencing abuse...



Sexually transmitted infections

Young people in Hawkes Bay and nearby regions have some of the highest rates of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in New Zealand. What are some of the likely contributors to these high rates and what role can primary health care services play in reducing them?



Local Research, Global Impact

asthma-research A global issue, Hawke’s Bay, through the Foundation, has been at the coalface of research into the disease. More than six thousand children, between the age of six and fourteen years who lived in Hawke’s Bay during 1992-1993 have been part of the largest worldwide collaborative research project...



Learning from Older Generations

older-generation-learning-fromNew Zealand has an ageing population. Today the percentage of population over the age of 65 is nearing 15% and by 2050 this is projected to have increased to 25%. By 2050, one in every four New Zealanders will be aged 65 or older, compared to one in eight today.



Discoverers of Tomorrow

discoverersToday’s young medical professionals are our discoverers of tomorrow. Investing in the future generation is an important role of The Foundation through providing funding support for “studentships” - small study projects under supervision, for undergraduates, postgraduates and specialist research training.