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Fertility of New Zealand Women by Ethnicity

Preface

This research report examines aspects of fertility and ethnicity of New Zealand women. It follows earlier work presented in Socio-economic factors and the fertility of New Zealand women (Research Report #18) published in December 2001. This report is also based on the number of children born to women enumerated in the 1996 Census of Population and Dwellings. It is to be read in conjunction with this earlier report and closely follows the approach used there. This report will provide background for analysis of the data from the 2006 Census when this becomes available.

This volume examines the data and its background within the ethnic space, revisiting some aspects of data sources and data quality in this context. After a brief comparative analysis, selected groupings of ethnicities are looked at in turn. Because the various populations of interest have quite diverse age structures, the data has been standardised to the age structure of all women where appropriate. We have provided some information on a number of themes of particular interest for understanding the dynamics of the changing ethnic fabric of New Zealand society. We also consider a few of the linkages between ethnic, socio-economic and spatial differentials. This is intended to stress to the reader that none of these aspects should be seen entirely in isolation, but each in its own way contributes to fertility levels or represents a consequence of previous fertility decisions.

This report was written by Robert Didham, with assistance from Bill Boddington and Mansoor Khawaja. The author would like to thank the many people throughout Statistics New Zealand, other government agencies and the wider academic community, who have willingly shared their time, energy and ideas and who have taken the trouble to review all or part of the work which contributed to this publication.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician 

Acknowledgement

This report was prepared by the Demography Division and published by the Information and Publishing Services Division of Statistics New Zealand.

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