Women giving birth in New Zealand

By age group, 2014


Each individual represented in the data is allocated to a single ethnic group, using the following priority system: Māori > Pacific peoples > Indian > Asian (excl. Indian) > Other > European. Individuals of European and of Other ethnicities are grouped together and presented as being part of the 'European or Other' ethnic group due to small numbers in the 'Other' ethnic group.

Deprivation is derived according to the residence of the individual. Deprivation scores are based on the 2013 Deprivation Index.
Numbers and rates are presented by deprivation quintile, ranging from quintile 1 (least deprived) to quintile 5 (most deprived).


Deprivation quintiles are based on the area of residence for the woman or baby. They range from 1 (least deprived) to 5 (most deprived), according to the 2006 New Zealand Deprivation Index. Approximately equal numbers of the population reside in areas associated with each of the five deprivation quintile areas.

Data calculation/treatment

This publication uses prioritised ethnicity, whereby each person represented in the data is allocated to a single ethnic group using the priority system Māori > Pacific peoples > Asian > European > Other. The aim of prioritisation is to ensure that where it is necessary to assign people to a single ethnic group, ethnic groups that are small or important in terms of policy are not swamped by the European ethnic group.

Data provided by

Ministry of Health

Dataset name

Report on Maternity 2014



How to find the data

At URL provided, select 'Data tables' from the right-hand column.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Report on Maternity 2014

From the dataset Report on Maternity 2014, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Dep
  • Range: B39:M54
  • Provided: 156 data points

This data forms the table Maternity - Women giving birth by neighbourhood deprivation quintile for each age group and ethnic group 2014.

Dataset originally released on:

December 07, 2015

Purpose of collection

To provide annual health statistics about women giving birth, their pregnancy and childbirth experience and the characteristics of live-born babies in New Zealand.

Method of collection/Data provider

Maternity-related data was extracted from the National Maternity Collection on 11 August 2015.
Population data for rate calculations was provided by Statistics New Zealand.