The Extreme Weather Survey

Growing Up Research Director Associate Professor Sarah-Jane Paine explains more about the Extreme Weather Survey.

Read the media release about this project.

About the Extreme Weather Survey

Growing Up in New Zealand was asked to help understand how the storms and cyclone that hit some parts of Aotearoa New Zealand in early 2023 impacted the wellbeing of young people and their families.

This is an important project and an opportunity for the voices of young people and their families to be heard in relation to how we prepare for and manage future extreme weather events in our country.

In August 2023 we reached out to around 1,400 families in some of the most affected areas of Aotearoa to ask them to take part in the Extreme Weather Survey and share some of their experiences.

What happens to the data from this project? 

The information will help the government and other groups help plan for future events as well as support the recovery effort that is still going on in many parts of the country.

Any information you or your child shared as part of this survey will become part of your Growing Up in New Zealand data and be available to other approved researchers, it will however not have your or your child’s name or any other identifying information included.

If you have any questions about this project you can get in touch with one of our team.

Support Services

If you are worried about anything about extreme weather please talk to your family or friends.  You can also find help at the support services listed below.  

Thank you for taking part!

Thank you to all the young people and families that took part in the survey. The information you have shared will help inform the government's current response and future planning for storms or floods. Thank you also to the community groups and marae that helped with the data collection.

We know a lot of Growing Up in New Zealand families were affected by the extreme weather events in 2023. We've created a guide to help young people to cope with their emotions and to be ready. It's called the "Uncivil Defence" guide and can be downloaded here (PDF).