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Funding win for Auckland health study

The Ardern government is to restore $1.9 million in research funding to Growing Up in New Zealand, the country’s biggest longitudinal study of child health.

The University of Auckland project is tracking the health and development over two decades of around 6,800 children born between 25 April 2009 and 25 March 2010. But a funding cut by the previous NZ government meant the research sample size was cut back to 2,000 participants.

Announcing the renewed funding on 15 May, social development minister Carmel Sepuloni said that all families who have been involved in the study since 2008 can now be invited to participate in the next round of data collection.

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