More childless couples in NZ
The photo accompanying it is of a young couple drinking champagne and laughing, implying more young couples are choosing to be child-free.
The photo should have been something like this:
The reason there are proportionately more couples without dependent children is the ageing population.
The clue is here:
Marlborough was the only region where over half (53.2 per cent) of the families were couples without children, which reflected the older age structure of people in these families in this region, Mr Meech said.
Fertility rates are slightly lower than in 2006 but the total fertility rate is still 2 births per woman. High by developed world standards.