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Births and Deaths: Year ended December 2016 and March 2017
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  16 May 2017
Key facts

In the December 2016 year:

  • 59,430 live births and 31,179 deaths were registered in New Zealand, resulting in a natural increase (live births minus deaths) of 28,251.
  • There were 1,608 fewer births and 429 fewer deaths compared with 2015.
  • The total fertility rate dropped to a low of 1.87 births per woman, compared with an annual average of about 2.02 from 1980–2015.
  • The infant mortality rate was 3.6 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • All regions had more births than deaths.

See Tables for how to access March 2017 data.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 1178-0436
16 May 2017
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