Loose morals costs NZ $1b a year

NZPA 20 October 2008

Family breakdown and decreasing marriage rates is costing New Zealand taxpayers at least $1 billion a year, according to new research. Prepared by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), the research was commissioned by Family First NZ. “The study shows that the decline of marriage, New Zealand’s high teenage fertility rate, and our rate of solo parenthood is not just a moral or social concern but should also be a concern of government and policymakers,’ said Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie.

“The report states that even a small reduction in family breakdown and increases in marriage rates could provide significant savings for taxpayers.’