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Statistics on deaths give you information on the number of deaths registered in New Zealand each year. Along with statistics about births, marriages, civil unions, and divorces, they are often referred to as 'vital statistics'. Vital statistics provide the basic information about the structure of the population and how it changes over time.

Information about deaths includes death rates.

Information releases

Explore our latest deaths statistics.

Births and Deaths
Information published once a year on the number of births and deaths registered in New Zealand, and selected fertility and mortality rates.

New Zealand period life tables (life expectancy)
Information published every five years indicating the mortality and survival experience of people in a specific time period, from period life tables. 


Analyse the numbers.

Select the following categories from the Infoshare homepage:
Subject category: Population
Groups: Death rates, Deaths, Demography life expectancy, and Demography subnational life expectancy.

Find out more about Infoshare.  

Life expectancy
Downloadable tables (called ‘life tables’) that include information about life expectancy, and the probability of death and survival at various ages. Life tables are constructed from death registrations and population estimates.  

Population indicators
Downloadable Excel table that shows key population indicators (such as estimated population, births, and deaths) for each year from 1991 on. 

Local population trends
Downloadable Excel tables with information about past and likely future trends in population for each territorial authority and regional council area, as well as for New Zealand as a whole.

Reports and articles

Explore information we’ve gathered from research and analysis.

Comparing ethnicity on death registrations with ethnicity on birth registrations (published August 2014)
This article presents data on comparing the two registrations and discusses the implications for estimating death rates.

Vitals articles 
Articles that provide extra analysis of selected vital statistics (births, deaths, marriages, civil unions, and divorces).

New Zealand period life tables 
Complete period life tables for Māori, non-Māori, and total New Zealand populations, based on the mortality experience for various three-year periods.

A history of survival in New Zealand: Cohort life tables 1876–2004 (published 2006)
Information on the mortality and survival experience of people born from 1876 to 2004 by deriving complete cohort life tables.  

Information about data

Get technical information such as classifications used, survey design, and a glossary of statistical terms.

Information about deaths data 
Technical information about how deaths statistics are produced.

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