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New Zealand official birth and death figures for 12 months to the end of June 2023 released.

UPDATED: 17 August 2023 8:15 am.

Stats New Zealand released the official figures for births and deaths for the period 1st July 2022 to 30th June 2023 today. The short summary accompanying the release of the horrifying figures compares these to the previous 12 months and reports increases in deaths and reductions in live births. 2022/23 figures would have best been compared to the July 2018 to June 2019 totals, the first available pre-pandemic period. We report this comparison below.

There were 38,442 deaths among all ages for July 2022-June 2023 compared to 33,753 deaths in the 2018/19 comparable period. This is an increase of 4,689 deaths (up 14%) which occurred at a rate of 90 excess deaths per week.