Story: Death rates and life expectancy

Fighting tuberculosis

The number of Māori deaths from tuberculosis declined steeply between 1945 and 1961 as a result of public health and social welfare measures. This 1952 film shows how the spread of tuberculosis within families was reduced by providing separate accomodation for infected family members.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Tuberculosis and Maori people. National Film Unit, 1952

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Ian Pool, 'Death rates and life expectancy - Māori epidemiological transition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 October 2021)

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