Growing Up in New Zealand is this country's largest contemporary longitudinal study of child development. 

We're tracking the lives of more than 6,000 Kiwi children to discover what life is
like growing up in 21st Century New Zealand.

Our findings will influence research, policy and services to improve
the well-being of all New Zealand children and their families.

Participants

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More than 6,000 children 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. 

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Using Growing Up Data

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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. 

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Our findings

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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.  

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News

Children “scientists” in world-first study looking at health and indoor climate

How cold are Kiwi kids bedrooms?  Growing Up in New Zealand decided to find out and has identified the ideal indoor temperature and humidity range for good child health. 

The Drivers of Mothers’ Parental Leave Decisions

New research using Growing Up in New Zealand information has examined mothers’ parental leave intentions, preferences and the actual leave taken after birth.

Babies low in vitamin D at birth more likely to be hospitalised for respiratory infections

New University of Auckland research has found that newborns with lower levels of vitamin D are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital with acute respiratory infections during infancy.

Research signals potential new directions for school readiness policy

Research finds that children born to teen mothers are less ready for school, but identifies protective factors that could combat the impact of childhood adversities on readiness for school. 

Meet our team

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Learn more about the people who make Growing Up in New Zealand happen. 

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Our newsletter

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Current projects

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Find out more about the research projects currently underway using Growing Up in New Zealand information.

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