New Zealand's birth rate was down by three percent in the year ending September. More than 60,000 live births were recorded for the 12 months, down by 1,800. The largest decreases were in Auckland, where there were 409 fewer babies, and Canterbury, down 390 - or six percent. Population statistics manager Andrea Blackburn says within Christchurch, the largest decreases occurred in the eastern wards, which include suburbs that were significantly affected by the Canterbury earthquakes.
Photo by SNPA Nov 19, 2012
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