Story: Death and dying
Death rates for Maori and non-Maori, 1886–2006Next
The ages at which most people die have steadily risen in the past 120 years, as this graph shows. This is because infectious diseases, which tended to kill large numbers of children and younger people, were gradually eradicated. The Māori population experienced this change much later than the non-Maori population – from the mid-20th century.
Source: Statistics New Zealand
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