Kōrero: Death rates and life expectancy

Tangi, about 1890 (1 o 2)

Tangi, about 1890

Relatives sit by a body in a meeting house at Ruatapu, on the west coast of the South Island, during a tangi. Deaths from infectious diseases were particularly common by this time. Newly introduced diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough proved fatal to both adults and children, and spread rapidly through Māori communities.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

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/photograph/26587/tangi-about-1890 (accessed 16 October 2019)

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