Kōrero: Death rates and life expectancy

Measles epidemic (2 o 2)

Measles epidemic

Māori had no initial immunity to the new diseases that arrived with Pākehā settlers, and severe epidemics were common. This 1887 newspaper article describes a deadly outbreak of measles in Taranaki centred on Parihaka . Large hui at which Māori from different places gathered could result in disease spreading over a wide area.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Evening Post, 4 July 1887, p. 2.

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Ian Pool, 'Death rates and life expectancy - Effects of colonisation on Māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/document/26589/measles-epidemic (accessed 17 August 2022)

He kōrero nā Ian Pool, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 14 Mar 2019