Brainwave Trust’s main role is to disseminate the complex science that can be found in universities and other research institutions around the world and repackage it in an accessible way. To ensure that public policies are developed using all the facts that are available, we take the opportunity to have input into reviews of legislation and political and legal policy discussion documents.

Brainwave Submissions To Date

The Strategic Plan for Early Learning

Brainwave contributed a section on mental and emotional wellbeing as part of a joint, well-being themed submission in response to the Draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning 2019-29 (He taonga te tamaiti; Every child a taonga).  To read the full submission, click here.

Right from The Start – Investing in the Early Years – Brainwave Submission to the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy Dec 2018

The focus of the submission supports investment “right from the start”.

The evidence is overwhelming that experiences in the very early years, in a complex interaction with genetics, play a critical role in the development of children. This early development can have lifelong consequences.

Brainwave argues that it is essential that people across every community and decision making group in New Zealand understands the critical importance of pregnancy and the first years of life in shaping a child’s future. To read the full submission, click here.

Submission to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction – (2018)

In June of 2018 we contributed to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.  Read the executive summary here, and for part two click here.

Parliamentary Health Committee’s Inquiry into Improving Child Health Outcomes and Preventing Child Abuse – The Economics of Early Intervention (2013)

In 2012 Brainwave Trust Aotearoa made the submission to the Parliamentary Health Committee’s Inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse with focus from preconception until 3 years of age. At their request we submitted a further paper prepared by our treasurer Anthea Springford about the economics of early intervention. The Economics of Early Intervention – Brainwave Trust Aotearoa – April 2013. The final report from the Health Select committee is follows and Brainwave is delighted we could so positively input into such a vital report about the importance of early years for our future generations – Report of the Health Committee 19 November 2013.

Parliamentary Health Committee’s Inquiry into Improving Child Health Outcomes and Preventing Child Abuse (2012)

In 2012 Brainwave made a submission to the Health Select Committee inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse with focus from preconception until 3 years of age.

Green Paper for Vulnerable Children (2012)

The Green Paper for Vulnerable Children is a discussion document which the government is using to test public opinion on how to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. Read the 2012 Brainwave submission for the Green Paper.

Review of the Family Court (2012)

In 2012 Brainwave made a submission in response to the Review of the Family Court, 2012.

Safer Journeys Discussion Document ( 2009)

Brainwave made a submission in response to the government’s Safer Journeys discussion document released in 2009. We have put particular emphasis on adolescent brain development and how it pertains to the area defined as of high concern: increasing the safety of young drivers.

Alcohol In Our Lives Discussion Document (2009)

Submission in response to the discussion document released by the Law Commission in 2009. We drew attention to the damage alcohol can do to growing brains, both in pregnancy and during adolescence. We are the first generation of adults and policy makers to have access to this material. Even as recently as 1999 when the decision was made to lower the drinking age in New Zealand, knowledge about brain development in adolescence was not known.