This graph compares the child homicide rate per 100,000 for Māori and non-Māori children. Between 1978 and 1987 the rates were very similar. However, between 1991 and 2000 there was a significant increase in the deaths of Māori children and a slight decrease for non-Māori children.
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Source: Marie Connolly and Mike Doolan, Lives cut short: child death by maltreatment. Wellington: Dunmore for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, 2007.