19 Nov 2010

Births outstrip deaths

12:06 pm on 19 November 2010

The number of babies born in New Zealand continues to outstrip the number of people dying, with 34,940 more births than deaths in the year to September.

Statistics New Zealand says that maintains a trend which has been stable in the past four years.

There were 63,730 live births, an increase of almost 500 on last year.

The infant mortality rate remains steady at 5.2 per 1000, although for Maori babies that rate is 7.1 per 1000.

In the year to September, 330 babies under the age of one died.

The birth rate remains at 2.1 births per woman, down by half on the peak in 1961 when the birth rate was 4.3 births per woman.