Research, findings and impact
Growing Up in New Zealand is designed to provide unique information about what shapes children’s early development in contemporary New Zealand and how interventions might be targeted at the earliest opportunity to give every child the best start in life.
Policy Brief 6: Who is saying what about immunisation: evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand
Policy Brief 5: The intergenerational use of te reo Māori: evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand
Policy Brief 4: Employment and parental leave around the time of birth: evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand
Policy Brief 3: Measuring the Economic Environment - What resources are available to children in their first 1000 days?
Policy Brief 2: Keeping our children injury-free - household safety evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand
Policy Brief 1: Nutrition and physical activity during pregnancy - evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand
Latest research publications
- Grant CC, Chen MH, Bandara DK, Marks EJ, Gilchrist CA, Lewycka S, Atatoa Carr PE, Robinson EM, Pryor JE, Camargo CA, Morton SMB (2016). Antenatal immunisation intentions of expectant parents: Relationship to immunisation timeliness during infancy. Vaccine. 34(11):1379-1388). doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.01.048
- Reese E, Ballard E, Taumoepeau M, Taumoefolau M, Morton SMB, Grant C C, Atatoa Carr P, McNaughton S, Schmidt J, Mohal J, Perese L (2015). Estimating language skills in Samoan- and Tongan-speaking children growing up in New Zealand First Language Vol 35(4-5), pp. 407-427. Article online (Subscription only)
- Waldie, K.E., Peterson, E.R., D’Souza, S., Underwood, L., Pryor, J.E., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Grant, C. C. and Morton, S. M.B. (2015). Depression symptoms during pregnancy: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Journal of Affective Disorders. 186: 66–73. Article online (subscription only)
- Bartholomew, K., Morton, S. M.B., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Bandara, D. K. and Grant, C. C. (2015). Provider engagement and choice in the Lead Maternity Carer System: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 55(4):323-330. Article online (subscription only)
- Bartholomew, K., Morton, S. M.B., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Bandara, D. K. and Grant, C. C. (2015). Early engagement with a Lead Maternity Carer: Results from Growing Up in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 55(3): 227–232. Article online (subscription only)
Information we provide
A key aim of the study is to provide evidence to inform policy development, for example whether existing government policies are reaching the families they were designed for and, if so, what effect they are having. This can inform the development of new strategies better targeted to address entrenched problems.
Early information from Growing Up in New Zealand, collected in the first two years of the children’s lives, provides insight into areas like:
diverse family structures and resources
general health and wellbeing, including immunisation, breastfeeding, nutrition, physical activity and poor early health
interaction with health and other key services
family housing and mobility
detailed measures of the home environment including language, literacy and school readiness
paid parental leave and maternal return to the workforce
engagement with early childhood education.
We publish our findings regularly in the form of reports, scientific articles, working papers and policy bulletins.
10 things we now know
Nearly half our children identify with more than one ethnic group.
Children up to two years of age are spending more and more time with digital media such as computers, laptops, CDs, iPods and MP3 players.
Income drops for many families during and immediately after pregnancy, meaning there is no surplus money for things like a home deposit.
Unplanned pregnancies account for 40% of births.
Lack of choice in housing affects areas ranging from pre-school attendance through to continuity of healthcare and community belonging.
Almost all the children completed their Well Child/Tamariki Ora health checks in their first nine months.
By the time they were six weeks old, 75% had been to Plunket.
One in three (30%) of children live in a house where their mother and another adult smokes.
Nearly all (95%) children had their 15-month immunisations but this was lowest for the most vulnerable families.
- A quarter of our children are growing up in extended family situations.