Introducing the new generation of Kiwi kids Event as iCalendar

29 September 2016

4:30 - 5:30pm

Venue: Manukau Institute of Technology, Manukau Lecture Theatre, Level 2

Location: Corner of Manukau Station Road and Davies Avenue, Manukau

Host: The University of Auckland at Manukau Programme (a partnership between the University and Manukau Institute of Technology)

Cost: Free public lecture

Contact info: Contact Bev Hosking 09 968 8000 ext 7361


Growing up in New Zealand
Growing Up in New Zealand Director, Associate Professor Susan Morton

This event is brought to you by The University of Auckland at Manukau Programme (a partnership between the University and Manukau Institute of Technology)

Associate Professor Susan Morton presents Growing up in New Zealand: Introducing the new generation of 'kiwi kids'. Growing Up in New Zealand is the country’s largest and most comprehensive longitudinal study, following the lives of nearly 7000 children born in 2009 and 2010 from before they are born until adulthood. We describe the status of these children, who represent the diversity of contemporary NZ pre-schoolers, when they are four and a half years of age and coming to the end of their pre-school days. We will use the longitudinal information available from multiple data collection points to describe their early growth and developmental trajectories and to describe the individual, familial and broader environmental characteristics that are associated with differential patterns of early development for contemporary NZ children - including anthropometry (NZ rates of childhood obesity are amongst the worst in the OECD), child behaviour (SDQ has been measured at 2 and 4 years), and cognition.

At a cross-sectional level we see many disparities in outcomes within the NZ child population with Maori and Pacific children being much more likely to be doing less well than their NZ European peers across many key developmental domains. The longitudinal view will provide us with new ways to understand the origins of these early life disparities that often translate into lifelong burdens in terms of well-being, educational outcomes and broader engagement in society. The longitudinal analyses will provide a much fuller understanding of “what works’ in terms of early life environments that lead to resilience in the face of early life disadvantage. This population relevant knowledge can then be applied to help find new policy solutions to reduce the burden of entrenched health and education inequities within the contemporary NZ child population.

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