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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How much sleep are New Zealand pre-schoolers really getting?

The largest ever study of sleep in early childhood in New Zealand estimates that more than a third of toddlers and a fifth of preschoolers are not getting the recommended amount of sleep. 

Early childhood education good for social outcomes, but means more childhood illnesses

Growing Up research found children who attend early childhood education have fewer emotional difficulties and better peer relations, but are more prone to illnesses.  

Growing Up in New Zealand soon to release Now We Are Eight Report

Growing Up in New Zealand soon to release Now We Are Eight: Life in Middle Childhood report.

The key culprits in tooth decay in New Zealand children

The foods most associated with tooth decay in New Zealand children are white bread, fruit juice, refined breakfast cereals and sugar sweetened soft drinks.


    Meet our team

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

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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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