Life expectancy

Statistics about life expectancy give you information about the patterns of mortality (death) and survival at various ages.

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Information releases

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New Zealand Period Life Tables 
Information on the mortality and survival experience at each age of life for total, Māori, and non-Māori populations.

Births and Deaths 
Statistics on the number of births and deaths registered in New Zealand, and selected fertility and mortality rates. This information shows how the structure of New Zealand's population changes over time.

Data

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Infoshare 
Select the following categories from the Infoshare homepage for data about life expectancy:

Subject category: Population
Groups: Demography Life Expectancy and Demography Subnational Life Expectancy

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Period life tables 
National tables showing the mortality and survival experience of people in specific time periods. These tables are produced every five years for the total, Māori, and non-Māori male and female populations.

Cohort life tables 
National tables tracking the mortality and survival experience of people born in each year from 1876. These tables are updated and extended annually.

Abridged period life tables (national) 
National tables indicating trends in mortality and survival for total male and female populations, for the years between the construction of complete period life tables. Abridged period life tables are available in February (provisional) and May (final) each year.

Abridged period life tables (subnational) 
Subnational tables indicating trends in mortality and survival for total male and female populations. These tables are available for all 16 regions and most territorial authority areas, and are produced every five years. More detailed results are available on request (phone 0508 525 525, email demography@stats.govt.nz).

How long will I live? 
Calculator combining historical data from 1876 with the latest national population projections to give an indication of the age you're likely to live to.

Reports and articles

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Forecasting mortality in New Zealand (published 2014)
A paper describing a new method for formulating mortality assumptions that was implemented in official New Zealand population projections in 2012.

New Zealand Life Tables: 2005–07 (published 2009)
Report containing period life tables for the total, Māori, and non-Māori New Zealand populations for the period 2005–07. The report also includes analysis of causes of death, and information on the mortality and survival of people from different subnational areas.

A history of survival in New Zealand: Cohort life tables 1876–2004 (published 2006)
Report presenting the mortality and survival experience of people born from 1876 to 2004. The report contributes to understanding the changing mortality experience of New Zealanders.

New Zealand Life Tables: 2000–02 (published 2004)
Report containing period life tables for the total, Māori, and non-Māori New Zealand populations for the period 2000–02. The report also includes analysis of causes of death, and information on the mortality and survival of people from different subnational areas. 

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Information about the life tables