Insight

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.

You can listen to the first Insight on research from the Growing Up in
NZ study here:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/20101128

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 31 May: Insight: Auckland - Our Shining Star or Black Hole?

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Auckland's Viaduct Harbour Photo: 123RF

The "super city" of Auckland is now home to a third of New Zealand's population and economy and it is growing quickly. Official estimates predict most of the country's population growth will happen there, putting the city on track to account for 40 percent within 20 years.

The Reserve Bank has announced measures to deal with the city's house price boom, which the bank says is skewing the national economy.

But the city's astronomical rise is alarming the provinces, who say their contribution to the national economy is being ignored.

In this Insight, Ian Telfer, digs deeper into Auckland's dominance, and investigates whether it is in the national interest for Auckland to be the focus for investment, jobs and immigrants.

Is Auckland a shining star leading New Zealand towards a better future or is it a black hole sucking in resources and limiting this country's attempts to keep up with the rest of the developed world?