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June 27, 2023
Data access workshop 2023
Get support to understand the Growing Up in New Zealand datasets, including the newly released data from Now We Are Twelve - life in early adolescence. We will also provide an update on the Children and Families Research Fund which is for researchers undertaking social policy relevant research using data from Growing Up.
June 13, 2023
Increased worries related to COVID-19 pandemic associated with worse quality of life in young people
New Research looking at experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic for young people in early adolescence has found that those who worried more about the pandemic experienced poorer health and wellbeing outcomes.
June 13, 2023
Positive relationships, bullying prevention and early support needed for young people’s mental wellbeing
Research published today by Growing Up in New Zealand shows the importance of strong positive relationships for young people’s mental health and the negative impact of bullying. It also showed that depression symptoms at age 8 were associated with worse symptoms at age 12, leading researchers to call for early support for children.
May 31, 2023
School engagement – latest research shows student-teacher relationships, academic self-belief, and inclusivity are keys to success
Research published today by Growing Up in New Zealand shows that students who report positive relationships with their teacher are more engaged in school. The research also shows the importance of students’ self-belief as learners, and the need for inclusive school environments.
May 18, 2023
University of Auckland Welcomes Funding Support for Major Youth Wellbeing Study
Further funding in this year’s Budget for Aotearoa's largest contemporary longitudinal study of child health and wellbeing has been welcomed by the University of Auckland team leading the decades-long project.
May 11, 2023
Webinar series 2023
Join our free webinars to hear about the latest research from Growing Up in New Zealand about what life is like for twelve-year olds. The webinars explore the findings from the just released “Now We Are Twelve” snapshot series and are relevant to anyone interested in how young people are doing in Aotearoa.
May 1, 2023
Food insecurity in twelve-year olds – latest research published today
Research published today shows most twelve-year olds live in food secure households (83 percent). However, one out of six were not food secure, meaning their households had limited or uncertain access to nutritionally adequate and safe foods. The research also looked at receipt of government support for families with food insecurity, including school food programmes such as Ka Ora, Ka Ako.
May 1, 2023
New information on housing and homelessness in twelve-year olds released today
New research shows that many twelve-year olds live in secure and good quality housing, and that around three-quarters live in a home that their family own. However, this isn’t the case for all young people with some experiencing homelessness, involuntary house moves and homes with dampness and mould, which researchers say can severely impact their health and wellbeing.
April 5, 2023
One in five young New Zealanders have experienced material hardship during childhood
Research published today by Growing Up in New Zealand provides a contemporary longitudinal view of material hardship for children in Aotearoa New Zealand, finding that one fifth of today’s young people have experienced material hardship by the time they are 12-years old.