June 05, 2019
Growing up in New Zealand survey back on track
New Zealand's largest study of child development is to get another $17 million from Budget 2019, allowing it to interview all the children in the study when they reach 11 years of age.
The Growing Up in New Zealand study run out of the University of Auckland has been tracking the development of 6800 children born in 2009 and 2010, but cuts by the previous government meant only a smaller sample could be followed.
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni says data from the study can help government design the best possible services and policies to increase the wellbeing of children and families.
The ministry has also opened the fourth round of its $750,000 Children and Families Research Fund for research projects that explore and analyse the data gathered in the study.
It's open to academics, government agencies, public and independent research organisations and non-government organisations including iwi-based organisations and service providers.