Maori and Pakeha life expectancy gap closes

ALEX FENSOME
Last updated 12:25 16/04/2013

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The gap between Maori and Pakeha life expectancy has narrowed.

Statistics New Zealand figures released today show that while the gap has got smaller, Maori life expectancy is still more than seven years less than other New Zealanders.

Death rates between 2010 and last year showed that the average Maori lifespan was 72.8 years for men and 76.5 for women.

Other New Zealand women on average live to be 83.7 years and other Kiwi men to be 80.2.

Maori death rates are higher at all ages, Statistics New Zealand says.

The gap between Maori and the rest of the country has narrowed to 7.3 years of life.

This continues the trend from 1995 onwards, where the gap has become increasingly smaller.

It narrowed from 9.1 years in 1995-97 to 8.5 years in 2000-02 and 8.2 years in 2005-07.

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