Deaths in New Zealand
By sex and age group, 2020, number of deaths
Number of deaths
The year of mortality is based on year of registration of death. Data on deaths registered between 1996 and 2019 was extracted on 15 October 2021 and rates recalculated for these years to reflect ongoing updates to data in the Mortality Collection, (eg, following the release of coroners' findings) and the revision of population estimates from Stats NZ. Population estimates are updated annually, and more significant revisions are made after each Census.
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Limitations of the data
The figures reported here are provisional and will be finalised next year.
Data provided by
Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand
Mortality Collection: All deaths summary 2020
How to find the data
At URL provided, in the 'Mortality summary (2020)' tab, under 'Download the datasets' heading, select the file 'mortality_preliminary_alldeaths_Table.xlsx'.
Import & extraction details
File as imported: Mortality Collection: All deaths summary 2020
From the dataset Mortality Collection: All deaths summary 2020, this data was extracted:
- Sheet: Sheet 1
- Provided: 413 data points
This data forms the table Health - Mortality by ethnic group, age group and sex 2020.
Dataset originally released on:
December 21, 2022
About this dataset
The Mortality Collection (MORT) classifies the underlying cause of death for all deaths registered in New Zealand, and all registerable stillbirths (fetal deaths).
Purpose of collection
The Mortality Collection was established to provide data on causes of death for New Zealand’s vital statistics, for public health research, policy formulation, monitoring the effectiveness of health programmes, and cancer survival studies. A dataset of each year’s mortality data is sent to the World Health Organization to be used in international comparisons of mortality statistics.
Method of collection/Data provider
Each month Births, Deaths, and Marriages (BDM) sends National Collections and Reporting electronic death registration and stillbirth registration data. The registration data is matched to Certificates of Causes of Death (HP4720 and HP4721), sent in by funeral directors, and coroners’ reports supplied by the Coronial Services Unit.
Additional information on underlying cause of death is obtained from hospital discharge data in the National Minimum Dataset (NMDS), the New Zealand Cancer Registry (NZCR), the NZ Transport Agency, Water Safety NZ, the Internet, and from writing letters to certifying doctors, coroners, and medical records officers in public hospitals.