Typical lifespan a decade longer than in late 1940s

December year Male Female
1948 66.7 68.5
1949 67 68.9
1950 68 69.7
1951 67.8 70.8
1952 68.1 70.7
1953 68.3 70.9
1954 68.7 71.9
1955 68.9 72.1
1956 70 72.7
1957 69.8 73
1958 69.7 73.3
1959 70 73.7
1960 69.8 74
1961 69.3 74.2
1962 70.2 74.6
1963 70.2 74.5
1964 69.7 75
1965 69 74.7
1966 69.1 74.8
1967 68 74.5
1968 68.9 74.9
1969 68.9 75.1
1970 68.5 75
1971 68.5 75.1
1972 68.7 75.2
1973 68.3 75.3
1974 68.7 74.8
1975 68.6 74.9
1976 69.2 75.1
1977 68.9 74.8
1978 69 75.1
1979 69.5 75.3
1980 70.4 75.7
1981 69.9 75.8
1982 70.2 75.9
1983 70.6 76.3
1984 70.9 76.4
1985 71.4 77.2
1986 71.2 77
1987 71.5 77.1
1988 71.7 77.8
1989 71.7 77.8
1990 72 77.7
1991 71.8 78.1
1992 72.4 78.7
1993 72.9 78.8
1994 73.2 79.2
1995 73.3 79.3
1996 73.5 79.7
1997 73.5 80.1
1998 73.8 79.9
1999 74.5 80.6
2000 74.8 80.5
2001 75 81.3
2002 75.5 81.4
2003 75.7 81.5
2004 76.2 82
2005 75.8 82
2006 76.3 82.3
2007 76.5 82.5
2008 76.8 82.6
2009 76.9 82.8
2010 77 82.9
2011 77.5 83.2
2012 77.6 83.5
2013 77.8 83.1
2014 78.1 83.2
2015 77.8 83.3
2016 78 83.4
2017 78.1 83.2
2018 78.2 83.1
2019 78 83.3
Region Age (years)
Nelson 80.8
Tasman 79.2
Marlborough 79.2
Canterbury 79.0
Otago 79.0
Taranaki 78.9
Wellington 78.9
Bay of Plenty 78.8
Total New Zealand 78.1
Hawke’s Bay 78.0
Manawatu-Whanganui 78.0
Southland 78.0
Auckland 77.5
Waikato 77.4
West Coast 76.3
Northland 76.1
Gisborne 74.0
Region Age (years)
Nelson 85.9
Marlborough 85.5
Otago 84.4
Taranaki 84.3
Canterbury 84.3
Southland 83.7
Wellington 83.5
Total New Zealand 83.2
Auckland 83.0
Manawatu-Whanganui 82.9
Tasman 82.9
Bay of Plenty 82.8
Hawke’s Bay 82.7
Waikato 82.3
West Coast 81.6
Northland 80.8
Gisborne 79.9

Overall, 34,260 deaths were registered in 2019 in New Zealand, up from 33,225 in 2018.

“The number of people dying each year has gradually increased over time, despite generally increasing life expectancy, because of population growth and more people in older age groups,” Mr Islam said.

Life expectancy measures the number of years of life remaining, on average, at a particular age. Data from the abridged period life tables, also released today, shows that life expectancy at birth is 80.0 years for males, and 83.5 years for females.

There were 59,637 live births registered in New Zealand in 2019, up from 58,020 the previous year. These births combined with the 34,260 deaths, resulted in a natural increase in the population of 25,377 people, up from 24,795 in 2018.

Natural increase, combined with positive net migration, results in an increasing population for New Zealand.

National population estimates: At 31 December 2019 – Infoshare tables has more information on population estimates and change.

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