Mortality: Historical summary 1948–2013

Published online: 
31 May 2017

These tables present mortality data (numbers and age-standardised rates) by sex for certain causes of death for each year from 1948 to 2013.

The causes of death included are:

  • All cancer
  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  • Other forms of heart disease
  • Influenza and Pneumonia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Intentional self-harm
  • Assault
  • All deaths.

Numbers and rates are available as:

About the data used in this edition

Data from 1948–1995 presented in these tables was sourced from publications in the Ministry of Health Mortality data and stats series.

Data from 1996–2013 was extracted from the New Zealand Mortality Collection electronic records on 17 March 2017.

For data on deaths registered between 1996 and 2013, we re-calculated rates to reflect ongoing updates to data in the New Zealand Mortality Collection (eg, following the release of coroners' findings) and the revision of population estimates following each census. This has resulted in small changes to some numbers and rates from those reported in previous publications; for most causes of death this was a difference of less than 2 percent.

At the time of data extraction, there were 512,097 deaths registered from 1996 to 2013.  Included in this data were 452 deaths provisionally coded (awaiting coroners’ findings) and 19 deaths awaiting coroners’ findings with no known cause.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    31 May 2017
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2017. Mortality: Historical summary 1948–2013. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
Back to top