Te Mata o te Tau Seminar - Growing Up in New Zealand: Now we are Two Event as iCalendar

08 September 2014

12 - 1pm

Venue: Nau Mai Room, Te Puni Kōkiri House, 143 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Contact info: Please RSVP to Dr Lily George if you wish to attend.

Contact email: L.George@massey.ac.nz

Growing Up in New Zealand is our country’s most contemporary longitudinal study which has gathered information from a cohort of approximately 7000 children and their whānau since before birth. Information is collected from these children and their whānau, a quarter of who identify as Māori, on a wide range of areas that impact on the ability of families in New Zealand to support their children to reach their full potential. The overarching intention of this study is to provide relevant and up-to-date evidence for effective policy and programme development.

Areas of data collected include those around the family and household environment for our children, educational supports and aspirations, culture and identity, health and wellbeing, growth and development, and neighbourhood and societal supports.

A number of data collection waves have been conducted during the first 1000 days of life (from conception to age two years) of the Growing Up in New Zealand children. This period in the life course is acknowledged as critical for shaping multiple outcomes including health and wellbeing, cognitive and educational achievement, and later behaviours. This seminar will describe recent findings from Growing Up in New Zealand, including the aspects of family, household, environmental and societal interactions that are important influences on the development of our children to two years of age. Specific attention will be placed on the early life influences of our Māori whānau as well as opportunities to maximise the utility of Growing Up in New Zealand’s unique and rich national taonga.