050100150200Mortality rate for all cancers in New ZealandMain cause, by sex, 1948–2017, age standardised rate of death per 100,000 populationProvider: Ministry of Health195119571963196919751981198719931999200520112017MaleFemale

Mortality rate for all cancers in New Zealand

Main cause, by sex, 1948–2017, age standardised rate of death per 100,000 population


Year: Death registration year
Sex: Sex of person at death
Age-standardised rates: The rates in this file have been age standardised to take into account the differences in the age distribution of the population over time. MoH used direct age-standardisation and the WHO World Population as the standard population
Ethnic group: Unknowns are included in Non-Māori.

All cancer: All types of malignant neoplasms (ICD classification C00-C96 & D45-D47)
Ischaemic heart diseases: Also known as Coronary artery disease (CAD). Includes myocardial infarction, related complications, and other acute and chronic ischaemic heart diseases (ICD classification I20-I25)
Cerebrovascular diseases: Includes strokes and other cerebrovascular diseases (ICD classification I60-I69)
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: Includes bronchitis, asthma, emphysema etc (ICD classification J40-J47)
Other forms of heart disease: ICD classification I30-I52
Influenza and pneumonia: ICD classification J09-J18
Diabetes mellitus: includes Diabetes Type 1 and 2 (ICD classification E10-E14)
Motor vehicle crashes: Deaths that occurred in collision and non-collision events. The data provider used the term 'accidents', which we have rectified to 'crashes' to avoid ambiguity on the presumed responsibility of the events (ICD classification V , not all sub-categories are included)

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Changes to data collection/processing

Ethnic breakdowns of mortality data are only shown from 1996 onwards because there was a significant change in the way ethnicity was defined, and in the way ethnicity data was collected in 1995.

Data provided by

Ministry of Health

Dataset name

Mortality Collection: Historical mortality 2017



How to find the data

At URL provided, in 'Historical mortality (1948–2017)' tab, under 'Download the datasets' headline select 'Historical_mortality_Table.xlsx' file.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Mortality Collection: Historical mortality 2017

From the dataset Mortality Collection: Historical mortality 2017, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: mortality_historical
  • Range: H2:I34503
  • Provided: 7,524 data points

This data forms the table Death - Deaths by main cause and sex 1948–2017.

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

Data from 1948–1995 presented in these tables was sourced from publications in the Ministry of Health Mortality data and stats series.
Data from 1996–2017 was extracted from the New Zealand Mortality Collection electronic records.