Kids in the City Data Summary for Auckland Council Research Completed

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Kids in the City Data Summary for Auckland Council

Lead Author

Professor Karen Witten , in collaboration with researchers from Auckland University of Technology and the University of Auckland.

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SHORE and Whāriki research centre at Massey University

Publication Year

2012/13

Publisher

Massey University

Contacts

Karen Witten, Professor of Public Health – SHORE Centre
Telephone: +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 41361
Email:  K.Witten@massey.ac.nz

Other contact details
SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Level 7, 90 Symonds St, Auckland
Ph: 093666136

Abstract

 

The Kids in the City research has involved 253 children (aged 9‐12 years) from nine Auckland schools (eight primary and one intermediate) and their parents/caregivers; nine young local people trained as interviewers; and a team of researchers from Massey University, AUT University and the University of Auckland.

 

Concerns about decreasing levels of physical activity and independent mobility (unsupervised play and travel) and rising obesity rates amongst New Zealand children, within the context of the residential intensification, were the catalysts for the research. The overarching aim of the research is to provide an evidence base to ensure children’s wellbeing is taken into account in urban policy and planning decisions. Specific research aims have been to assess children’s levels of physical activity and independent mobility and to find out about their neighbourhood experiences and perceptions. We want to understand how features of their neighbourhoods might affect children’s levels of physical activity and independent mobility. Physical activity and independent mobility are important for children’s wellbeing and their cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as their physical development.

 

Keywords: children, urban, independent mobility, physical activity, wellbeing, planning, policy

 

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April 30, 2014

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April 30, 2014

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