The Press 30/09/2009
The record number of babies born out of wedlock last year was almost equal to the number born within marriage. Statistics New Zealand figures show that in 2008 about 31,000 babies were born to unmarried women, up from about 17,000 in 1988. About 33,000 babies were born to married women last year, compared with about 40,000 in 1988. The proportion of babies born out of wedlock has jumped from less than a third in 1988 to nearly half last year.