New Zealand’s birthrate has dropped to its lowest ever level.
According to Statistics New Zealand, the country’s total fertility rate dropped to 1.61 births per woman of child-bearing age (15–49 years).
Over the last decade birth rate has continued to drop.
In 2020, there were 57,753 live births registered in New Zealand, down 2,064 (3%) from the previous year.
The dropping birthrate is similar to what is happening in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan and the US, among others.
Demographers say the reasons for the decline include women delaying having children, or people choosing to have no children due to the cost and high house prices.
Experts forecast for the next 20 years many families will have either one child or be childless.