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Narrowing gap between Māori and non-Māori life expectancy
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  16 April 2013

New Zealand Period Life Tables: 2010–12  –  Media Release

The gap between Māori and non-Māori life expectancy at birth has narrowed to 7.3 years, based on death rates in 2010–12, Statistics New Zealand said today. Māori life expectancy at birth reached 72.8 years for males and 76.5 years for females in 2010–12. This compares with 80.2 years for non-Māori males and 83.7 years for non-Māori females.

This continues the trend which saw the gap narrow from 9.1 years in 1995–97 to 8.5 years in 2000–02 and to 8.2 years in 2005–07.

"Both Māori and non-Māori life expectancy have increased, but Māori death rates are still higher than non-Māori at nearly all ages," population statistics manager Andrea Blackburn said. "About 60 percent of the difference between Māori and non-Māori life expectancy comes from higher death rates at ages 50 to 79 years."

For the total New Zealand population, life expectancy at birth has reached 79.3 years for males and 83.0 years for females, an average of 81.2 years, based on death rates in 2010–12.

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Published 16 April 2013

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

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