Welcome to Growing Up in New Zealand
Growing Up in New Zealand is Aotearoa's largest longitudinal study of child health and wellbeing, following the lives of more than 6000 young people and their families. The rich information collected by the study is helping shape policy and services to ensure New Zealand is the best place to grow up.
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Growing Up in New Zealand is Aotearoa's largest longitudinal study of child health and wellbeing, following the lives of more than 6000 rangatahi and their families. The rich information collected by the study is helping create flourishing futures for all young people in Aotearoa.
New research into life in early adolescence
Now We Are Twelve is a series of snapshot reports which share insights into the health, wellbeing and experiences of young people in Aotearoa. Each snapshot examines a different area of what life is like for our young people and their families including material hardship, ethnic and gender identity, housing, food insecurity, mental health, school engagement, disability, and relationships.
More than 6,000 young people and their families are part of Growing Up in New Zealand. If you're one of our study participants - thank you!
This is where you can change your contact details, find out what's coming up next, and discover more about your data and privacy.
Using Growing Up Data
Growing Up in New Zealand data is available for researchers, Government organisations, NGOs and others to access, analyse and use.
The study provides a unique and rich data source which grows in value over time. It can be used to answer a variety of research questions and inform policy development.
Growing Up in New Zealand gives us a unique insight into what it's like to be a child growing up in 21st Century New Zealand.
We've produced a range of reports, fact sheets and policy briefs which give a detailed picture of New Zealand children at key milestones.
November 23, 2023
New research examines structural disadvantage in rangatahi Māori mental wellbeing
Research published today by Growing Up in New Zealand has identified patterns of structural disadvantage experienced by rangatahi Māori, and looks at mental wellbeing and cultural connectedness.
October 19, 2023
Storytelling with our participants - a weekend shoe designed using data from Growing Up in New Zealand!
Young participants from Growing Up in New Zealand were invited to enter a quiz and for this data to be used to design a pair of shoes.
October 3, 2023
A tribute to Professor Richie Poulton of the Dunedin Study
Many of you have heard the sad news that Professor Richie Poulton has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was only 61. Richie was the Director of the Dunedin Study for 23 years. His passing is a sad loss for our social and health sciences. His work on the Dunedin Study and child poverty reduction was tireless. Our thoughts are with his wife, Dr Sandhya Ramrakha and their daughter Priyanka at this sad time.