Yet another social statistic has improved under National’s watch. More older people are having babies because they can afford it and fewer teens are having babies because they can’t. There has always been a correlation between the number of children a family has and the amount of wealth they have. Becoming a teenage mum, in most cases, is a recipe for poverty later in life. It is fantastic news that fewer of our teenagers are becoming mothers. Even better is the news that our abortion rates have also dropped.
New statistics show that less women are flipping it up willy nilly and waiting to have children much later.
Kiwi women are having a fewer children, and later in life, as they focus on studying, finding the right partner and building their careers.
A Ministry of Health report released this week has revealed last year’s birth rate was the lowest in nine years.
The report also shows a drop in birth rates for young women and jump in birth rates for older women.
Wellington mother-of-three Katie Richardson, 52, was one many women who chose to wait for children, having her first when she was 36-years-old.
She now co-owns three cafes and runs a catering kitchen in Berhampore, businesses she believes she could never have built with young children.
“I came to it later, I had started a business and was trying to get ahead,” she said.
Although she always planned to have children she said her husband insisted the couple “get on with it” soon after they met in her 30s.
The couple’s last child, now 7, was born when she was 44 but Richardson said it was hard to juggle career and family. She was lucky her husband was a supportive, stay-at-home dad.
“It used to be the done thing that you got married and had babies when you were young – I’m glad I didn’t have babies young.”
If there is one statistic that epitomises the state of modern family under decades of benefit influence it’s the following.
Each year I put the same question to MSD (adjusting dates obviously):
At December 31, 2014, how many benefit recipients aged 16-64 had a dependent child born in 2014?
This time the answer is 11,149 – or 19.4% of all children born in 2014. Still nearly one in five.
While there is gradual and steady improvement (below are the percentages for the last 10 years) the pattern remains well entrenched (largely independent of the economy), a point I have made repeatedly over the years: Read more »
Depsite the best efforts of the opposition to talk down everything in New Zealand things are on the turn and not in a way that they would like.
Lindsay Mitchell has listed ten indicators of positive change.
Tasers and training are credited with a double-digit drop in assaults against police.
Recorded offences against police dropped more than 20% between 2009-10 and 2012-13, figures released under the Official Information Act figures reveal.
The number of infants dying suddenly has dropped but the rate is still too high, officials say.
In 2012, 36 infants died of cot death or sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). This is down from 55 deaths in 2008. Read more »