New Zealand has registered its lowest number of births in five years.
New figures show there were 60,860 births in the year to the end of March, more than 2300 fewer than the year before.
Statistics New Zealand says in part, annual fluctuations reflect changes in the population, the age at which women have children, and the number of children they have.
But it says in turn, births also influence the future size and age of the population.
The number of deaths registered during the year to March was 29,811 - up two percent from the year before.
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