Growing up in New Zealand today

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The Growing Up in New Zealand study is designed to provide information about what it is like to be a child growing up in New Zealand today.

The latest report from the study paints a unique and representative picture of the cohort children over the course of their preschool years. It shows that the majority of children are thriving, often in difficult circumstances. Their stories provide evidence to inform policies to support all families and communities and have a positive influence on the environments that together shape their wellbeing.

A number of the findings in the Now We Are Four report have featured in media stories and ongoing conversations, including:

Where children are living

Parents’ view of children’s weight

Dental health


Parenting practices