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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.


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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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What foods help toddlers to sleep?

New research has found toddlers who eat more vegetables are more likely to sleep better, while those that eat more fast foods, snacks and soft drinks are more likely to have disrupted sleep. 

Including fathers in vaccination conversations lifts infant immunisation rates

The first-ever New Zealand study to examine what influences fathers’ decision-making to get their babies vaccinated on time recommends immunisation information is delivered to the entire family, not just mothers. 

Health and wellbeing survey keen on insights from Pasifika youth

One of the most comprehensive surveys ever-conducted with intermediate-aged Pasifika children aims to gather insights to paint a vivid picture of their lives, in particular the impact of Covid-19. 

Housing related experiences for families of young children

Growing Up in New Zealand families experienced a high degree of movement between housing tenure and income bands during their child’s first four years of life.

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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Keep up-to-date with our latest news, events and research.  Sign up to 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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