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We provide research, information, analysis, and data about Auckland's social, economic and environmental landscape.

This website is managed by Auckland Council's

Research and Evaluation Unit, RIMU.

Please also visit RIMU's special websites for expert data and research information:
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Auckland economic profile for information about Auckland's economy
Environmental data online and State of Auckland for Auckland environmental data and report cards
The 2016 report cards are expected to be published in September
Auckland Council technical publications are also published on the council's website.

Growing up in New Zealand: introducing the new generation of Kiwi kids

Date: 29 September 2016 4:30pm - 29 September 2016 5:30pm

Venue: Manukau Institute of Technology, Manukau lecture theatre, level 2

Speakers: Associate Professor Susan Morton

Growing Up in New Zealand is the country’s largest and most comprehensive longitudinal study, following the lives of nearly 7000 children born in 2009 and 2010 from before they are born until adulthood.

We describe the status of these children, who represent the diversity of contemporary New Zealand pre-schoolers, when they are four and a half years of age and coming to the end of their pre-school days. We will use the longitudinal information available from multiple data collection points to describe their early growth and developmental trajectories and to describe the individual, familial and broader environmental characteristics that are associated with differential patterns of early development for contemporary New Zealand children - including anthropometry (NZ rates of childhood obesity are amongst the worst in the OECD), child behaviour (SDQ has been measured at 2 and 4 years), and cognition.

At a cross-sectional level we see many disparities in outcomes within the New Zealand child population with Māori and Pacific children being much more likely to be doing less well than their New Zealand European peers across many key developmental domains. The longitudinal view will provide us with new ways to understand the origins of these early life disparities that often translate into lifelong burdens in terms of well-being, educational outcomes and broader engagement in society.

The longitudinal analyses will provide a much fuller understanding of what works in terms of early life environments that lead to resilience in the face of early life disadvantage. This population relevant knowledge can then be applied to help find new policy solutions to reduce the burden of entrenched health and education inequities within the contemporary New Zealand child population.

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A demographic dividend - or disruption? The challenges of population growth and stagnation

Date: 3 October 2016 5:30pm - 3 October 2016 7:00pm

Venue: Russell McVeagh, level 30, Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland

Speakers: Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley

As New Zealand has emerged from the Global Financial Crisis, the labour market is buoyant, population growth is high and both permanent and temporary migration is at an historic high. But do these conditions represent a temporary state – and are they hiding a population ‘bomb’ (to use the extravagant language of the 1970s)? Certainly, a new New Zealand is emerging with very different demographic – and economic – trajectories for New Zealand’s regions and for the country as a whole. Is immigration the answer? Are we prepared to discuss much less manage ‘smart decline’? Do we moderate the very different growth rates of different parts of the country?

Why do we accept life is unfair when we don’t have to?

Date: 3 October 2016 5:00pm - 5 October 2016 7:00pm

Venue: Auckland University, Owen G Glenn Building, rooms 260-073, 260-115, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland.

Speakers: Various, see below

Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series 2016

Lecture 1: Major tenets of system justification theory

Monday 3 October, 5-6pm

Professor John T Jost, Department of Psychology, New York University


Lecture 2: Political and religious ideology as motivated social cognition

Tuesday 4 October, 6-7pm

Associate Professor Marc Wilson, School of Psychology, Victoria University

Professor John T Jost, Department of Psychology, New York University


Lecture 3: Overcoming resistance to change

Wednesday 5 October, 6-7pm

Dr Danny Osborne, School of Psychology, University of Auckland

Professor John T Jost, Department of Psychology, New York University

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