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There were 63,900 live births registered in the December 2010 year, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is equivalent in size to the population of the newly expanded Waikato district. Nearly 600,000 (595,790) births were registered in the 10 years to 2010, with the numbers fluctuating from a low of 54,020 in 2002 to 64,340 in 2008.
"Annual fluctuations in births, in part, reflect changes in the size and age of the population, the age at which women have children, and the number of children they have," Population Statistics manager Bridget Hamilton-Seymour said. "In turn, the number of births influences the future size of the population."
Other statistics from birth and death registrations released today indicate that in the December 2010 year:
Geoff Bascand 16 February 2011