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2015 delivers more births
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  17 February 2016

Births and Deaths: Year ended December 2015  –  Media Release

In 2015, 61,038 live births were registered in New Zealand, up 3,796 (7 percent) from 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today.

"Higher fertility rates and population growth led to more births in 2015," population statistics manager Jo-Anne Skinner said. "The rise in births in 2015 follows decreasing birth numbers in the preceding four years."

Women aged 30–34 years have had the highest fertility rate of all age groups since 2002. In 2015, there were 125 births for every 1,000 women aged 30–34 years, up from 119 in 2014. This increase in the proportion of women having a baby, together with an increase in the number of women aged 30–34 years, resulted in 1,395 (8 percent) more births to women in this age group compared with 2014.

In 2015, compared with 2014, births increased in all age groups over 20 years, including women aged:

  • 25–29 years – up 1,137, largely due to population increase
  • 35–39 years – up 696, largely due to increased fertility
  • 20–24 years – up 544, due to slightly higher fertility and increased population.

In contrast, teenage fertility rates have continued to drop in each year since 2008. In 2015, the rate for women aged 15–19 years was 19 births per 1,000 women – down from 33 in 2008.

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For media enquiries contact: Anne Howard, Christchurch 03 964 8700, info@stats.govt.nz

Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 17 February 2016

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