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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    Milk contributes to iron deficiency in New Zealand newborns
    12 September 2014
    Pregnant women who drink three or more servings of milk per day might put their babies at risk of being iron deficient during an important phase of their development, according to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand. Iron is essential for healthy brain development, and a lack of the nutrient in babies and toddlers, when the brain is developing rapidly, is associated with subsequent small but important differences in brain function and in child behaviour and learning.
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    Research confirms: Growing Up in New Zealand cohort broadly generalisable to all contemporary New Zealand births
    09 September 2014
    Growing Up in New Zealand is the first longitudinal child cohort study to broadly generalisable to all contemporary New Zealand births, according to a scientific paper published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Access to Growing Up in New Zealand data

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

Find more information on how to apply for access to our external data sets

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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