Death - Deaths by main cause and sex 1948–2015

Ministry of Health


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

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)

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 summary 2015


How to find the data

At URL provided, download 'Mortality: Historical summary 1948–2015: data file' from the right-hand side.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Mortality Collection: Historical summary 2015

From the dataset Mortality Collection: Historical summary 2015, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-3,565
  • Columns: 5-6
  • Provided: 7,128 data points

Dataset originally released on:

April 16, 2018

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 1996–2015 was extracted from the New Zealand Mortality Collection electronic records in February 2018.