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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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Concerns about effects of fertility treatment on children’s development are unwarranted, large study suggests

Differences in the growth, weight, and body fat levels of children conceived through fertility treatment are small, and no longer apparent by late adolescence, finds new research. 

Under 5’s in Aotearoa New Zealand eating takeaways and sugary foods, but not enough fruit and veg

The most comprehensive study into the diets of New Zealand pre-schoolers has found that the majority of youngsters are not eating enough fruit and vegetables and too many have diets that are high in sugar, salt and saturated fat, which researchers say can set up long term patterns of poor nutrition.

Connection to te ao Māori supports exclusive breastfeeding - new study finds

Research looking at what supports exclusive breastfeeding in wāhine Māori has found that mothers with greater connections to te ao Māori are more likely to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the recommended six months.

Nearly half of NZ babies are introduced to solids too early increasing risks of health issues

New research has revealed that nearly half of New Zealand babies are being introduced to food earlier or later than is recommended putting them at greater risk for ongoing health issues including obesity, anaemia and growth and developmental issues

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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