The overall aim of this proposed research is to undertake innovative health lifecourse research relevant to Maori. The hypothesis is that the transformative power of quality education leads to better health outcomes for Maori across their lifecourse. The research will take place within two larger research projects: (i) a research partnership between Te Pou Tiringa (TPT) and the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR); and (ii) as part of the Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand (GLSNZ). An interface approach will be used which draws upon matauranga Maori and Western Science to create new knowledge. This new knowledge informs Maori development approaches. This research will enable me to develop expertise in lifecourse epidemiology, quantitative statistics and child and youth health. It also has relevance for policy and scientific study.