December 30, 2016
Maori top suicide rate
Provisional data for 2014 shows the rate of suicide among Maori was higher than among non-Maori for both males and females.
During the year at least 504 people died by suicide in New Zealand.
There are still 27 deaths subject to coroners’ findings where the cause of death had not yet been determined.
There were 378 male suicides and 126 female suicides.
The suicide rate for males was 16.4 per 100,000 and for females 5.3 per 100,000.
Among Maori males the suicide rate was 21.7 per 100,000; 1.4 times that of non-Maori. For Maori females, the suicide rate was 1.5 times that of non-Maori females.
The 2014 average suicide rate of 10.7 was the lowest in a decade, but the rate has stayed relatively stable over the decade since 2005, when it was 12.2.
The highest rate of suicide, 16.2 per 100,000, was among people aged 25-44 years.
The rate of youth suicides dropped below the rate of suicide among people aged 25-44 years for the first time since 2007.
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