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: