Insight for 25 March 2012

Teresa Cowie revisits six babies in the long term study Growing Up in NZ as the second round of information is released

As tough welfare reforms are rolled out and the government wades through thousands of submissions on tackling child abuse, there is renewed determination to know why so many families go wrong.

To understand how government policy and families should be working together, Auckland University's 21-year study following 7,000 babies and their families, has released more research, this time looking at the first nine months of their lives.

One year on from meeting six of those babies, Teresa Cowie has returned to find out how their lives are taking shape so far.

Growing Up in NZ
Photograph on left by Red Photography.

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8:12 am Sunday 6 December: Insight: Politics and the Public Service

Close up of green leather empty seats

Debating Chamber in Parliament

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Academics and the union representing public servants worry the Public Service is under increasing political pressure.

They say political advisers in ministerial offices need a clear set of rules to govern their conduct.

Brent Edwards  explores the relationship between politicians and government workers.