Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study

Growing Up in New Zealand is a longitudinal study. The cohort is broadly generalisable (ethnicity and social-economic status) to contemporary New Zealand.

The purpose of the study is to provide evidence about what shapes children’s early development so every New Zealand child can have the best start in life.

The study started in 2008 and is funded by the government. It is based at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Longitudinal Research – He Ara ki Mua and the contract for the study has been managed by Superu since 2013.

www.growingup.co.nz

Research

At 4 years old

Growing Up in New Zealand: Now we are 4 (May 2017) (PDF 3.35 mB)

  • How are the children developing at age 4 as they get ready to go to school?

At 2 years old

At a Glance: Vulnerability in early life: How are New Zealand children faring? (September 2015) (PDF 249.01 kB)

  • This At a Glance highlights findings from the Growing Up in New Zealand publication Vulnerability Report 2: Transitions in exposure to vulnerability in the first 1000 days of life.

Growing Up in New Zealand: Vulnerability Report 2: Transitions in exposure to vulnerability in the first 1000 days of life (July 2015) (PDF 3.04 mB)

  • This is the second in the series and covers the  family and environmental risk factors that increase the chances of poor developmental outcomes for children.

Growing up in New Zealand: Te Reo Maori Policy Brief 5 (PDF 1.05 mB) 

  • This study allows us to learn what opportunities are available to our tamariki to speak te reo Maori and understand how they develop their own identity and culture.

At a Glance: Early vulnerability and health outcomes for New Zealand children (PDF 197 kB)

  • This At a Glance publication presents the main findings from the 2014 Growing Up in New Zealand Vulnerability Report 1: Exploring the definition of vulnerability for children in their first 1000 days.

At a Glance: About Growing Up in New Zealand (PDF 223 kB)

  • This At a Glance publication presents the overall conceptual framework for the Growing Up in New Zealand study. It also presents demographic information about the study participants.

Residential mobility fact sheet: Families and whānau on the move (February 2015) (PDF 125.8 kB)

  • Who is on the move and what is driving this mobility?

Measuring the economic impact  (February 2015) (PDF 828.50 kB)

  • What resources are available for children in their first 1,000 days?

Residential Mobility Report 1: Moving house in the first 1,000 days  (December 2014) (PDF 1.58 mB)

  • How often and how far are New Zealand children moving at the start of their lives?

Nutrition and physical activity during pregnancy (September 2014) (PDF 488.96kB) 

  • What is the dietary intake of pregnant women in New Zealand and where do they get their information about diet and nutrition?

Keeping our children injury-free (September 2014)  (PDF 238.56kB)

  • What are the current and potential impacts of housing safety on the wellbeing of young children?

Vulnerability Report 1: Exploring the Definition of Vulnerability for Children in their First 1,000 Days (July 2014) (PDF 2.55MB)

  • What are the family and environmental risk factors that increase the chances that children will have poor developmental outcomes?

Growing Up in New Zealand: Now we are two (June 2014) (PDF 2.35 mB)

  • How are the children developing in their first 2 years?

 At 9 months old

Employment and parental leave around the time of birth (June 2014) (PDF 613.29kB)

  • What is the parental leave experience of parents in the study?

Growing Up in New Zealand: Now we are born (March 2012) (PDF 3.98 mB)

  • How are the children developing in their first 9 months?

Before birth

Growing up in New Zealand: Immunisation Policy Brief (September 2015)

  • The intentions for immunisation, the sources of encouraging and discouraging information for pregnant women and their partners

Alcohol and pregnancy research publications (August 2015)

  • Patterns and dynamics of alcohol consumption during pregnancy in a recent New Zealand cohort of expectant mothers

Growing Up in New Zealand: Before we are born (November 2010) (PDF 2.06 mB)

  • What are the hopes, dreams and realities faced by soon-to-be-parents?

Access to the data

On 1 December 2016, the Superu Children and Families Research Fund opens for applications. It’s dedicated to funding policy-relevant research using external data from the Growing Up in New Zealand study.

Visit our Superu Children and Families Research Fund page for more information.

 

 More about the study

The Growing Up in New Zealand study tracks a group of New Zealand children from before birth. The study captures what it’s like to grow up in New Zealand in the 21st century.

The Study has several unique features:

  • It started before the children were born so information has been collected about the mother’s behaviour and her intentions for the future.
  • The mothers’ partners have been involved in the study, which provides a useful and sometimes different perspective on the child.
  • The cohort has representation from European, Maori, Pacific, Asian and other ethnic groups to ensure that New Zealand’s cultural diversity is captured.
  • There are six ‘domains’ within the study: education, culture and identity, psychological and cognitive development, health and wellbeing, societal context, and family and wellbeing. This approach allows for the information collected to be used by a wide range of agencies to address issues faced by our children, their families and whānau, and our communities.
Date published: 
Feb 2015
Last update: 12 May 2017