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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    Pre-school data collection wave completed
    26 March 2015
    We are proud to announce that the Growing Up in New Zealand pre-school (54-months) data collection wave was officially concluded in the field earlier this month.
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    High rate of Strep bacteria bugging Kiwi kids
    13 March 2015
    Over half of healthy New Zealand pre-school children are carriers of Staphylococcus aureus, and one in six hosts Streptococcus pyogenes in their nostrils, throat or crook of the arm, according to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand. The results are the first to show how common it is for preschool-aged children in New Zealand, who showed no signs of illness, to have these two bacteria present on their body.
  • Growing Up in New Zealand – Now we are two Event as iCalendar
    09 July 2015 - 11 July 2015, 9am - 5:30pm
    Symposium by Growing Up in New Zealand Director Assoc Prof Susan Morton, Psychosocial and Cognitive Expert Advisors Assoc Prof Karen Waldie and Dr Elizabeth Peterson, and University of Auckland Senior Lecturer Dr Annette Henderson at the 19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association in Wellington/New Zealand


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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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