Teen Pregnancy

New Zealand’s rate of teen births is higher compared to other OECD countries, except for USA. In New Zealand, as similar to other countries, a pattern of increased teen births was shown during the mid-2000s, followed by a decline. This pattern would suggest that influences on the teen birth rate are widespread and not specific to New Zealand. The number of teen births continues to decline in New Zealand with the birth rate in 2013 being 23.8 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 years. The proportion of teens registered births has also declined, with teen mothers accounting for 5.9 per cent of births in 2013. This is the lowest recorded percentage accounted for teen mothers and 0.8% below the level in 2001 (6.7 per cent).

In 2013, Maori teen birth rate was 53.1 births per 1,000 women, down from 72.2 births in 2000. Although, Rangatahi Maori (teens) birth rate continues to be still higher than the national rate, but both rates are declining with the gap between narrowing (University of Waikato, 2015).

The importance

Whanau and Young Parent Research Book (Book)

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Your pregnancy

Your Pregnancy Booklet (Book)

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Engaging Maori Fathers

Maori Research: Engaging Maori Fathers (Book)

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Understanding whanau

Understanding whanau centred approaches (Book)

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Towards better use

Towards better use of evidence in policy formation: a discussion paper (Book)

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Thrive impact

Thrive Impact Profile Report March 2014 (Book)

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Review of Services

Review of services for teenage parents in the Waitemata DHB region (Book)

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Insights on Positive Parenting in Waitakere (Book)

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Improving the Transition

Improving the Transition report (Book)

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NZ Medical Journal – Initiation of maternity care for young Maori women under 20 years of age (Book)

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Current trends

Current Trends – Teen Pregnancy

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