Media Release 8 January 2022
The New Zealand birth rate in 2021 was a catastrophic 1.66, well below replacement level. In 2020 it was 1.61 the lowest rate in our history since 1894. Our birth rate has decreased 20 per cent in the last decade.
The replacement birth rate is 2.1 for women between the ages of 15 and 44. Demographers warn that a birth rate of 1.5 is the point of no return.
Why does the government of Jacinda Ardern preside over the demographic suicide of our nation with a deafening silence?
Since the sixth Labour government of Jacinda Ardern took office in 2017, our birth rate has decreased from 1.71 to 1.66. Should we expect our Labour government which promotes and funds the violent killing before birth of more than 13,000 of our precious children each year, be concerned about our appalling birth rate?
Our nation is facing an increasing demographic winter which will have a catastrophic effect on the future of this nation. We have an increasing ageing community with a declining workforce to support them and look after them. Why does the government not have a policy to increase our birth rate and confront this crisis?
Our birth rate has been in decline since the 1960s when the contraceptive pill was introduced. In 1931, at the height of the great depression, the birth rate was 3.61. In 1974 the birth rate was 2.12, just above replacement level and that was the last year that we had a replacement birth rate.
Right to Life believes that there are many reasons for this crisis. The Labour government of Jacinda Ardern has undermined motherhood, the dignity of the family and the humanity of the unborn child by promoting the LGBTQI agenda.
The government urgently needs to publicly acknowledge the demographic crisis and formulate a policy to promote marriage exclusively between one woman and one man and to promote child rearing, including adoption. Two thirds of countries in Europe have measures to encourage fertility, baby bonuses, tax incentives and paid parental leave and unless New Zealand addresses our plummeting birth rate our country faces a bleak future.
Right to Life