20 Nov 2012

Number of births drops

4:44 pm on 20 November 2012

Births have dropped 3% in New Zealand this year.

Figures from Statistics New Zealand show 60,462 children were born in the year ending in September, 1799 fewer than the previous year.

The biggest drops were in Auckland, where the number of births fell by 3% or 409 births and Canterbury, which dropped 6% or 390 births.

The drop in Canterbury is being attributed to the earthquakes, with the badly hit eastern suburbs of Christchurch having the largest decreases.

The number of deaths rose by 249 this year, giving a natural population increase of 30,500 people, the lowest since 2005.