New Zealand’s economy has been hit hard by the country’s recent economic downturn and the country has now seen a sharp drop in its birth rate.
A new study published in the Australian Medical Association Journal (AMA) has found that a majority of New Zealand households are now considering the option of not marrying, or at least postponing their marriage for at least a year.
Key points:Nearly half of NZ households have stopped getting marriedThe study found that half of New Zealands couples were planning to marry, but they were not planning to get married for the first timeNow a new study by researchers at the University of Auckland and the University at Albany has found a substantial drop in the birth rate in New Zealand.
New Zealand is the only country in the world where the rate of children born in wedlock is less than half the national average, according to the study.
The data suggests that most New Zealand couples are considering postponing the wedding for at-least a year or two.
However, most New Zealanders are not currently planning to stay married for longer than a year, according the new study.
A recent study by the United Nations Population Fund and University of Tokyo found that the birthrate in New South Wales had dropped to just 2.9 per cent.
“The fact that the majority of couples are not planning a marriage is not surprising given the significant economic impact of the recession,” the study’s lead author, Professor Helen Smith from the University’s Institute of Population and Development, said.
“But the proportion who are planning to postpone a wedding is even higher.”
Professor Smith said the study showed that the rate would be even higher if it did not include married couples.
“It’s still a large proportion of couples that are delaying their wedding,” she said.
The study also found that more than half of those surveyed had stopped getting pregnant or becoming pregnant.
Professor Smith, who led the study, said that the low rate of pregnancy meant many couples were not making enough money to be financially independent, and that many were not having children as expected.
“When couples are in the position they are, it’s very hard for them to get together and have children,” she added.
“That’s not to say there aren’t other ways to make money, but it’s harder when there are so many options.”
Prof Smith said that many couples had not been planning a wedding, and were looking for something that would be more affordable.
“They don’t have a lot of options,” she told The New Zealand Herald.
“There are many options for couples that have a small income and who are looking for a smaller wedding.”
The study has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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