Fetal and Infant Mortality 2006, 2007, and 2008

Published online: 
29 June 2011


Fetal and Infant Mortality 2006, 2007 and 2008 contains summarised data of fetal and infant mortality extracted from the mortality collection. Data from 2008 is provisional and subject to change. This document contains tables and graphs including:

  • A time series for fetal and infant death rates from 1942 to 2008.
  • Total deaths and death rates for each developmental period/age (fetal, early, late and postneonatal) and total live births by ethnicity, 2006 to 2008.
  • Fetal death rates by ethnicity, 1996 to 2008
  • Infant death rates by ethnicity, 1996 to 2008
  • A breakdown of infant deaths into developmental period/age of death and ethnicity, 2008.
  • Selected causes of infant death.


  • The infant mortality rate has shown a downward trend from 1942 to 2004 and then stabilised between 2005-2008.
  • There are significant and relatively stable differences in infant mortality rates between Maori and Other (non Maori, non Pacific) from 1996 to 2008.
  • In 2008 the Pacific fetal mortality rate is slightly higher than Maori and Other rates. This trend is generally consistent with previous years.
  • Congenital abnormalities caused the highest number of infant deaths in 2008.


Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    29 June 2011
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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