02,0004,0006,0008,000Deaths in New ZealandBy sex and age group, 2018, number of deathsProvider: Ministry of Health012345-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-55-60-65-70-75-80-85+Age groupFemaleMale

Deaths in New Zealand

By sex and age group, 2018, number of deaths

Data calculation/treatment

The year of mortality is based on year of registration of death. Data on deaths registered between 1996 and 2018 was extracted on 13/10/2020 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

Ministry of Health

Dataset name

Mortality Collection: All deaths summary 2018



How to find the data

At URL provided, in the 'Mortality summary (2018)' tab, under 'Download the datasets' heading, select the file 'mortality_provisional_alldeaths_Table.xlsx'.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Mortality Collection: All deaths summary 2018

From the dataset Mortality Collection: All deaths summary 2018, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: mortality_provisional_alldeaths
  • Range: I2:I6256
  • Provided: 423 data points

This data forms the table Health - Mortality by ethnic group, age group and sex 2018.

Dataset originally released on:

December 16, 2020

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.