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Video comment - Starting Strong: Nurturing the potential of our Asian under-fives

Authors of the Starting Strong: Nurturing the potential of our Asian under-fives report, Foundation staff, a parent and an early childhood educator provide commentary on the report's findings.

Asia New Zealand Foundation executive director Simon Draper discusses why the Foundation commissioned the Starting Strong: Nurturing the potential of our Asian under-fives.

Vivian Cheung is National Advisor Asian Peoples for Plunket and one of the three co-authors of the report. She discusses the difficulties faced by parents and early childhood education centres in helping children retain their heritage language and culture.

Asia New Zealand Foundation director education Jeff Johnstone takes an holistic look at the report's findings and discusses the benefits of under-fives retaining their heritage culture and language.

Dr Robert Didham is a demographer with the Population Statistics Unit at Statistics New Zealand and a research associate of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at Waikato University. He is one of three co-authors of the report. In this video Dr Didham looks at the data and what it means for New Zealand.

Early childhood education (ECE) teacher Cristina Iftimie looks at the report from an educator's perspective and discusses how ECE centres have had to adapt to demographic changes in the under fives.

Parent of an under five Dai Phonevilay (who is of Lao heritage) provides a parent's perspective on keeping a child's heritage language and culture alive and why it's important.

Associate Professor Elsie Ho is Director of the Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research in the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland and is one of three co-authors of the report. 

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8 November 2017