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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    NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
    14 October 2014
    What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand, a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s parents want a lot more than that. Many of them desired things for their child that others take for granted, such as a life free of financial worries, discrimination, drugs or violence.
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    Preliminary results from 'Kai Time in ECE' published
    13 October 2014
    Preliminary results on the types of foods consumed by children at Early Childhood Education services, nutrition education activities, barriers and enablers of healthy behaviours, and physical activity strategies employed by ECE providers are now available. The results are based on responses from 257 licensed ECE services in the Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waikato District Health Board regions.

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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