Walking for a Cause – Brent and Helen Walk the Te Araroa Trail for Brainwave

Brent and Helen walk for a cause

We are so excited to have Brent de Jongh and Helen Kitchin walk the length of Aotearoa via Te Araroa Trail, raising funds and awareness for Brainwave Trust along the way. We will keep you updated on their journey!


December update: Brent and Helen have completed the Auckland section of their journey – along the way they were interviewed by the Seven Sharp team – click here to see the interview!!

Annual Report

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Brainwave Trust Aotearoa Annual Performance Report 31 March 2020 is now available. To read and download please click here.

Brainwave Review: Issue 32

Brainwave Review_ Issue 32

We look into the impact of technology use on our rangatahi. In our first article Sue Younger, one of our Trustees, shares some of what’s known in this area of research.

Despite the ever-growing body of science about the development of our tamariki, what they need on a daily basis often boils down to some simple things. Our second article, written by Keryn O’Neill, our Knowledge Manager, looks at some of the learning that is happening right under your nose, whilst doing the grocery shopping, for example.

To read the full review click here.

Brainwave Review: Issue 31

Brainwave Review_ Issue 31

We look at the research around tamariki who are bilingual. Whether they are learning one, two, or more languages, tamariki do best when they spend lots of time talking with their parents and whānau. Our second article aims to support those working with children and their whānau to understand how family violence affects children. It points out that children do not have to be hit, to be hurt.

To read the full review click here.

Brainwave Review: Issue 30

Brainwave Review_ Issue 30

We talk about research uncovered by our Knowledge Manager – Keryn O’Neill around tamariki and technology, plus we give you some insights into supporting children’s social and emotional development.

To read the full review, click here.

Brainwave Review: Issue 29

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The recent tragedy in Christchurch has touched us all.  Our hearts go out to the many people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack, to the injured, to those who lost loved ones, and to all who witnessed the horror.  As adults we each deal with these events in different ways, as do our tamariki. In our Autumn Brainwave Review we look at trauma and children and share research that we hope will bring help bring comfort to family and whānau. We also have a closer look at teens, and how we as adults can actively assist rangatahi to develop the skills they’ll need to thrive.

To read the full review, click here.

Brainwave Strategic Plan

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To read our 2019 Strategic Plan, click here.

Brainwave Review: Issue 28

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Our latest edition of the Brainwave Review gives you research insight into Resilient Rangatahi and understanding adolescents that have experience early adversity

To read the full review, click here.

Brainwave Review: Issue 27

Brainwave Review_ Issue 27

Our latest edition of the Brainwave Review gives you insight into supporting and understanding the teenage years. The first article Rethinking Teen Drinking explores what the research indicates around alcohol use in the teenage years.  Adolescence is an exciting and important time in development; there are many opportunities, but there are also some risks. A tricky issue for almost every parent is alcohol. Everyone has an opinion about the age teens should start drinking, and how much influence their parents should wield. The second article goes on to consider Explaining Social and Emotional Changes during adolescence There are big changes going on in adolescents’ lives. Not only physical changes, but also important changes in social and emotional development, as they move from being a child to becoming an adult. Although we sometimes expect them to think and behave like an adult, their brain is very different to an adult’s brain and won’t be fully developed until they’re in their twenties.

To read the full Review, click here.

Brainwave Review: Issue 26

Brainwave Review_ Issue 26

Our latest edition of the Brainwave Review is very timely in light of reports last week in the media about the declining reading levels of NZ children. Understanding how to support the early experiences of children’s language development is one important step in reversing this concerning trend. Brainwave Trust has spent a lot of time this year reviewing research in this area. This review of the academic literature forms the basis of both articles in this edition, written by our Senior Researcher, Keryn O’Neill. The first article Nourishing our babies: Why Listening and Talking Matter explores what research indicates are some of the ingredients of a nourishing early language environment, and the important role of parents and other adults. The second article goes on to consider Why Reading Really Matters and reviews research indicating that the earlier parents begin reading with their children, and the more books children are exposed to, the better their later outcomes in reading and many areas are likely to be.

To read the full review, click here.