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Vitals articles

Statistics New Zealand intermittently produces vitals articles that provide extra analysis of selected topics.

Information release commentaries

Statistics New Zealand has occasionally published extra analysis of selected topics in the Births and Deaths information releases. The links below will go to the top of the commentary section of a quarterly release, with some scrolling necessary to find the topic.

Population mythbusters

Population mythbusters examine the stories behind some of the common 'population myths' (facts, fudges, and fallacies). Those relating to vitals topics are listed below.

bullet icon.  The 'seven year itch' (March 2010, revised June 2012)
bullet icon.  More women are remaining childless (June 2008, revised June 2012)
bullet icon.  New Zealand is in the midst of a baby boom (December 2007, revised June 2012)
bullet icon.  There are more people alive now than have ever lived (November 2007, revised June 2012)
bullet icon.  The average life expectancy of males is 6 years less than females (April 2007, revised June 2012)
bullet icon.  New Zealand women are now having their first child at age 30 (November 2006, revised June 2012)
bullet icon.  Half of all marriages end in divorce (November 2006, revised June 2012)
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