Mortality and Demographic Data 2012

Published online: 
13 November 2015
Mortality and Demographic Data 2012.

Summary

This publication contains facts, mortality rates, trends and major causes of death by age group, sex, ethnicity and district health board for deaths registered in 2012. Cancer, ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, motor vehicle accidents, suicide and maternal deaths are analysed and reviewed in more detail. Where possible, time trends from 1950 are included.

Suicide information presented in this publication is the final data for suicide mortality and so differs slightly from the provisional data in the corresponding Suicide Facts publication.

Additional data is available for download from Mortality 2012 online tables.

Key mortality statistics – 2012

  2012 mortality
Male Female Total
Number of deaths
Māori 1,643 1,421 3,064
Non-Māori 13,505 13,708 27,213
Total 15,148 15,129 30,277
  2012 mortality rates
Male Female Total
Age-standardised rates
Māori 743.3 567.6 649.3
Non-Māori 425.1 305.9 362.0
Total 463.0 332.7 393.6

Note: rates per 100,000 population, age-standardised to WHO World Standard Population.

Condition Total deaths Percentage of deaths by sex Māori rate Non-Māori rate Total rate
Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female
Selected causes of mortality 2012
All cancer 8,905 53.2 46.8 209.5 192.5 135.9 101.1 143.4 109.0
Lung cancer‡ 1,628 54.7 45.3 65.4 66.4 23.9 15.7 27.1 19.7
Female breast cancer 617 100.0 26.5 16.9 17.7
Prostate cancer 607 100.0 18.1 16.4 17.0
Melanoma of the skin 354 62.7 37.3 0.9 0.8 7.2 3.8 6.8 3.6
Cervical cancer 56 100.0 3.7 1.6 1.8
Ischaemic heart disease 5,339 55.3 44.7 140.3 77.2 78.5 40.0 85.2 43.8
Cerebrovascular disease 2,612 37.1 62.9 30.3 31.7 25.7 28.4 27.1 29.6
Diabetes mellitus 807 53.3 46.7 48.3 33.8 9.9 6.6 12.8 8.6
Suicide 550 73.5 26.5 25.3 10.5 16.3 5.2 18.5 6.4
Motor vehicle accidents 347 73.5 26.5 22.4 6.3 9.3 3.2 11.3 3.7

Note: rates per 100,000 population, age-standardised to WHO World Standard Population.
‡    Includes cancer of the trachea, bronchus and lung.
...   = Not applicable.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    13 November 2015
  • ISBN:
    978-0-947491-08-6
  • HP number:
    6276
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2015. Mortality and Demographic Data 2012. 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.
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