Paul Spoonley: Professor on what a declining birthrate means for our workforce

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Wed, 12 May 2021, 3:35PM
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Paul Spoonley: Professor on what a declining birthrate means for our workforce

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 12 May 2021, 3:35PM

New Zealand has a declining birthrate and we are not alone in the world.

2020 saw our lowest birthrate average on record with just 1.61 births per woman. In comparison in the early sixties when women had an average of 4.1 children.

Another surprise statistic revealed that more women over the age of 40 gave birth in New Zealand last year than those under 20.

Massey University Distinguished Professor and Sociologist Paul Spoonley joined Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford to discussed the implications.

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