Dads happy to stay home

Herald on Sunday Mar 21, 2010

Kiwi men are increasingly likely to brandish aprons as axes, and do the dishes rather than the dirty on their partners. The rise of the house husband seems unstoppable, with Statistics New Zealand revealing the number of men looking after a child in their household leapt from 343,893 men in 2001 to 372,858 in 2006, the latest year figures are available for. The phenomenon has even inspired a Facebook page – the House Husbands’ Association of New Zealand. Dads use the group to share parenting tips, jokes and recipes, and even organise an annual pig hunting trip.

* Number of male teachers in regular childcare in 1992: 142
* Number of female teachers in regular childcare in 1992: 4703

* Number of male teachers in regular childcare in 2009: 241
* Number of female teachers in regular childcare in 2009: 15,367
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