Statistics New Zealand figures show the life expectancy of a New Zealander has increased one year for females and one and a half years for males since 2005 – 07.
The new figures show the life expectancy to be 83.2 years for females and 79.5 for males, based on death rates from 2012 – 14. Data also reveals the gap between gender life expectancy has narrowed.
Vina Cullum, population statistics manager for New Zealand Statistics, says: “All available ethnic groups has increased since 2005 – 07 and in particular, the difference between Māori and non-Māori life expectancy has decreased.”
The life expectancy for a non-Maori was 8.2 years longer than a Maori in 2005-07. That gap has now dropped to 7.1 years. New data sets the expectancy for Maori females at 77.1 years and males at 73.
During 2012 – 14 New Zealand Statistics was able to include Pacific ethnicity for the first time, due to the increased size of population in the community. Figures show the life expectancy for female Pacific Islanders was 78.7 years and males 74.5.
Check out the graph below to see the life expectancy results in comparison with ethnic groups and sex.