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Welcome to High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge


High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga is a New Zealand National Science Challenge.

Our mission is to grow the science excellence and knowledge New Zealand needs to produce and deliver food  and nutrition to the world to help people stay healthy and well.






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An offering to the stars from HVN

An offering to the stars from HVN

At this time of year, the star cluster Matariki will appear in the pre-dawn sky, heralding the start of the month of Pipiri and the Māori New Year. HVN’s Chief Scientist, Professor Richard Mithen, explores the importance of food offerings during Matariki, and looks into the HVN larder for our offerings to the stars.

A Systems Nutrition Approach

The Challenge brings together multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teams with a systems-level view on the networks in the human body, our environment and society. The research is the basis for the development and delivery of validated high-value foods for health and well-being Learn more about our science. Read our HVN newsletters.

Vision Mātauranga

Our Vision Mātauranga strategy guides research investment to align with mātauranga/ knowledge and supports Māori innovation  and opportunities to develop and deliver high-value foods for health and wellbeing. Read more…

Introducing the High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge