Story: Death rates and life expectancy

Monument to flu victims (1st of 2)

Monument to flu victims

This carved wooden memorial was erected at Te Koura marae, between Taumarunui and Ōngarue, in memory of those who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic. The Māori death rate was more than eight times that for Pākehā.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-0786-1/2-G
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

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Ian Pool, 'Death rates and life expectancy - Māori epidemiological transition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 October 2021)

Story by Ian Pool, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 14 Mar 2019