Births and Deaths: Year ended September 2012
Births still on downward trend – Media
Fewer births were registered in the year
ending September 2012, Statistics New Zealand said today. A
total of 60,462 live births were registered in New Zealand
during this period, down 1,799 (3 percent) from the
September 2011 year.
By region, the largest decreases were
in Auckland (down 409, or 2 percent) and Canterbury (down
390, or 6 percent).
"Within Canterbury, Christchurch had
the largest decrease, with 329 fewer births than in the
September 2011 year," population statistics manager Andrea
Blackburn said. "Within Christchurch, the largest decreases
occurred in the eastern wards, which include suburbs that
were significantly affected by the Canterbury
Nationally, deaths increased in the
September 2012 year compared with 2011, up 249 to 29,956.
Deaths are increasingly concentrated in the older age
groups. The median age at death was 77 years for males and
83 years for females in 2012, compared with 72 and 79 years,
respectively, two decades ago.
Live births minus deaths
resulted in a natural increase of 30,506 people in the
September 2012 year. This is the lowest natural increase
since 2005, when it was 29,889.
Published 20 November 2012
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