Welcome to Growing Up in New Zealand

Growing Up in New Zealand is New Zealand's contemporary longitudinal study tracking the development of approximately 7,000 New Zealand children from before birth until they are young adults. The study is designed to provide unique information about what shapes children’s early development and how interventions might be targeted at the earliest opportunity to give every New Zealand child the best start in life.

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    One step closer to unravelling child poverty
    24 February 2015
    More than half of New Zealand mothers experience some level of hardship between late pregnancy and when their child is 9 months old and many parents have to cope with a drop in family income after having children. These are two of the results from a new policy brief by child development study Growing Up in New Zealand.
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    Private rentals less safe for raising toddlers
    15 January 2015
    Many private rentals fall short of being safe places to bring up a child suggests new research into household safety released by Growing Up in New Zealand.
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    Study on skin infection in children gets funding boost
    16 December 2014
    Dr Mark Hobbs from the Centre for Longitudinal Research has been awarded a grant from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation to determine the relative contribution of social, economic, ethnic, environmental, genetic and microbiological factors to the incidence of serious skin and soft tissue infections in children under five.


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Access to GUiNZ data

9-month and antenatal data from Growing Up in New Zealand is available for use by researchers outside the Growing Up team.

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Key findings

All year round, the Growing Up in New Zealand team publishes scientific and working papers, and releases major reports and topical policy briefs.

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Meet our families

Meet Sophie (5) from Auckland and Kaea (4) from Hamilton, two of the 7,000 children whose lives the Growing Up in New Zealand study follows. Their stories offer vivid pictures of how children grow up in New Zealand today.

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