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Life expectancy increasing in all New Zealand regions
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  28 July 2015

Subnational Period Life Tables: 2012–14  –  Media Release

Life expectancy at birth has increased in all regions since 2005–07, with Hawke's Bay increasing the most, Statistics New Zealand said today. Life expectancy at birth was highest for females in the Tasman region (84.1 years) and males in the Auckland region (80.5 years), based on death rates in 2012–14.

"The gap between Māori and non-Māori life expectancy at birth has decreased in all regions since 2005–07," population statistics manager Jo-Anne Skinner said. "In particular, Otago had the highest Māori life expectancy at birth and the smallest gap between Māori and non-Māori life expectancy at birth of all the regions."

Nationally in 2012–14, a Māori person was expected to live 7.1 years less than a non-Māori person. In Otago this gap was just 1.2 years. Life expectancy at birth was approximately 82.3 years for Māori females in Otago, and 78.4 years for Māori males.

This is the first time we have published Māori and non-Māori life tables by region. It is now possible because of new methods for deriving the life tables.

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For media enquiries contact: Kirsten Nissen, Christchurch 03 964 8700, info@stats.govt.nz

Authorised by Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician, 28 July 2015

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