Biggest Study in NZ
As the biggest longitudinal study in New Zealand we are pleased to be working towards making positive change in policy and social outcomes.
Growing Up in New Zealand is a longitudinal study that provides an up-to-date, population relevant picture of what it is like to be a child growing up in New Zealand in the 21st century. Approximately 7,000 children and their families are taking part in a study that aims to provide a complete picture of the pathways that lead to successful and equitable child development, therefore improving outcomes for all children - now and into the future.
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Children's drawing competition
We are excited to announce our first competition for the children who are taking part in the Growing Up in New Zealand study. This is a drawing competition for the children to create a picture of themselves or a favourite animal. It is easy to enter. Please download and print the competition entry form. Use pencils, pens, paint or stick things onto the paper. Click here for full details.
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Children's health: Many answers already available
The government's Health Committee report released this week includes 12 key recommendations for building a better future for New Zealand children and much of the research needed is already underway in the ground-breaking Growing Up in New Zealand study.
One of the Health Committee's recommendations centres on the need for further research into child health with a primary focus being from pre-birth to the age of three years.
"Much of the data we have collected from some 7,000 New Zealand children over the past four years holds the key information required to support the government as they respond to this Health Committee report," says Growing Up in New Zealand project director Associate Professor Susan Morton.
Growing Up in New Zealand welcomes the fact that the Health Committee has highlighted the need for early interventions to promote children's wellbeing in New Zealand, prevent child abuse and break cycles of disadvantage for children. The need for these interventions to be evidence-based is also important, and the participants of the Growing Up in New Zealand study (which include those from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds as well as 24% Maori and 21% Pacific kids) are able to provide this critical evidence.
Growing Up in New Zealand is a longitudinal study based at the University of Auckland which is tracking the health, social, cultural and environmental factors that impact the lives of children in New Zealand, from before they were born. The study began in 2009 and has already delivered a wealth of information to partnering government agencies.
"What our families are telling us for example is that sixty percent of the children being born are the result of a planned pregnancy. This is relevant here because if we focus on booking and assessing women at 10 weeks of pregnancy, we may miss a substantial number of unplanned pregnancies and we need to be careful that this does not increase inequalities for those families that do not even know that they are expecting" says Associate Professor Susan Morton.
This ground-breaking child health and development study in New Zealand is able to consider the effective development of new policies for children before they were born and to three years of life as well as evaluate those that exist, across the policy spectrum of health, education, welfare and parental leave, social support, and vulnerability.
The Growing Up in New Zealand team also supports the reports recommendation that research into human development and foetal and child health be strongly supported and sustained and believes that without the voices of contemporary New Zealand families within this research and policy space then there will be continued ineffective spend on interventions and programmes that either do not work, or perhaps even more importantly do not work for those that need them the most.
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What is Growing Up in New Zealand?
Here is a great introduction to the Growing Up in New Zealand study. Watch this interview with Dr. Polly Atatoa-Carr shown on Central News, Tuesday 1st February 2011. For more videos about the study see the In the Media section. If you would like to comment on anything you see or read on this website please post your thoughts on our Facebook page or contact us directly.
Happy 4th Birthday!
The children taking part in the Growing Up in New Zealand study are all approaching their 4th birthday now. There will be birthday parties and cake and presents to enjoy. The staff here at Growing Up in New Zealand are preparing for the next round of parent and child interviews to move the study on to the next level. Listen out for our phone call or get in touch with us to make an appointment.
Keeping the study Anonymous?
One of the most important ingredients of the Growing Up In New Zealand study is keeping the participant data anonymous. This not only protects the privacy of every participant but enables us to ask questions about lifestyle, health and social issues that might not be so freely accessible if not kept so confidential.
Many people, participants and others, like to be reassured of our strict procedures to maintain the data privacy and security. Please click here to see our explanation and find out more.