Story: Women’s health

Life expectancy

This life-expectancy graph shows the separate epidemiological transitions of Māori and non-Māori. (Data was not available for Māori in 1876.) The transition – increased life expectancy, and a decrease in deaths from infectious diseases – happened between 1876 and 1945 for Pākehā, but only began in the mid-20th century for Māori. In 1945 Māori had lower life expectancy than non-Māori had had in 1876. By 1976, however, the gap was closing, and that trend continued.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: Ian Pool and Jit Cheung, using Statistics New Zealand data

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Megan Cook, 'Women’s health - Health and life expectancy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2020)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011