Baby boom in New Zealand, with highest births in 36 years

August 18th, 2008 - 10:58 am ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Aug 18 (DPA) New Zealand is experiencing a baby boom with 64,140 births in the 12 months ending June 30, the highest number in 36 years, according to official figures released Monday. The birth rate in the year was 2.2 per woman, up from 2.1 in 2006-07 and the highest fertility level since 1991, Statistics New Zealand said.

Despite the increase, the birth rate is still about only half the peak of 4.3 per woman reached in 1961 when the population totalled 2.5 million, compared with just under 4.3 million today.

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