Hauora Māori

Life expectancy

Māori life expectancy improved dramatically between 1955 and 2007. A newborn Māori girl, born between 1955 and 1957 could expect to live 59 years. In comparison a Māori girl born between 2005 and 2007, can expect to live to 75 years. A newborn Māori boy, born between 1955 and 1957 could expect to live 57 years. In comparison a Māori boy born between 2005 and 2007, can expect to live 70 years.

Graph 1: Māori life expectancy, 1955-57 and 2005-2007

Bar chart of life expectancy of Māori men and Māori women in 1955-57 and 2005-2007

Source: Statistics New Zealand (2008). New Zealand Period Life Tables 2005-2007.

Over the last fifty years the difference in life expectancy between Māori and non-Māori has decreased.

In 1955-1957 the life expectancy at birth for non-Māori exceeded that of Māori by 10.8 years for males and by 14.3 years for females. However, between 2005 and 2007, the life expectancy at birth for non-Māori exceeded that of Māori by only 8.6 years for males and by 7.9 years for females.

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