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New Zealand’s birth rate is at its highest level in close to 20 years, according to new figures from Statistics New Zealand.

The birth rate in March was at its highest since March 1991, with an average of 2.2 births per woman.

The highest peak in recorded birth rates was in 1961, when the rate was 4.3 births per woman.

Birth rates for March this year increased by almost 1000 from last year, with 64,160 live births recorded this year compared to 63,250 in the year to March 2008.

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