Births and Deaths: Year ended December 2010

Embargoed until 10:45am  –  16 February 2011

Key facts

In the December 2010 year:

  • 63,900 live births and 28,440 deaths were registered in New Zealand, resulting in a natural increase (live births minus deaths) of 35,460.

  • The total fertility rate was 2.1 births per woman for the total population, compared with 2.8 for Māori women.

  • Women aged 30–34 years had the highest age-specific fertility rate (126 births per 1,000 women). 
     
  • The median age of all women giving birth was 30 years, compared with 26 years for Māori women. 
     
  • The age-standardised death rate was 3.8 deaths per 1,000 mean estimated population, down from 4.8 in 2000.
     
  • The age-standardised death rate for the Māori population was 6.3 deaths per 1,000 mean estimated population, down from 8.8 in 2000.
     
  • The infant mortality rate for the total population was 5.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, compared with 6.6 deaths per 1,000 live births for Māori infants.
 

Graph, Live births.  

Graph, Deaths.

 
Geoff Bascand 16 February 2011
Government Statistician ISSN 1178-0436