More Kiwi boys becoming dads

Christchurch Press 18 February 2009

Young boys are becoming fathers at alarming rates, with the number of dads aged under 15 rapidly rising. In 2007, there were 15 new fathers in New Zealand aged under 15 up from four in 2006. The figures emerged in the wake of revelations a baby-faced 13-year-old British boy had become a father.

There were also a record 54 15-year-old fathers in 2007, Statistics New Zealand figures revealed. The figures showed there had been 14 11-year-old mothers in New Zealand since 1962. In 2007, there was one 12-year-old mother and six 13-year-old mums.