Story: Child and youth health

New Zealand infant mortality rate, 1862–2017 (1st of 2)

While the infant (babies aged 0–364 days) mortality rate fluctuated in the 19th century, it dropped overall. The downward trend was consolidated at the turn of the 20th century. A declining birth rate from the 1870s meant smaller families and more time available for baby care, which contributed to a decline in mortality. The mortality rate almost consistently dropped throughout the 20th century and stabilised in the late 1990s.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Births and deaths: year ended December 2017

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Child and youth health - Health status of children and young people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Nov 2018