May 14, 2015
Life expectancy gap narrows
The gap in life expectancy between Maori and non-Maori has narrowed slightly.
Statistics New Zealand says in the 2005 to 2007 period a non-Maori person was expected to live 8.2 years longer than a Maori person.
That gap has now fallen to 7.1 years.
Population statistics manager Vina Cullum says life expectancy at birth for Maori females is is 77.1 years, compared with 83.9 years for non-Maori females.
For Maori men, the figure is 73 years compared with 80.3 years for non-Maori males.
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