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New Zealanders living longer... great news for life insurers

Reported in The NZ Herald today - Life expectancy of New Zealanders is continuing to rise, according to just-released New Zealand statistics.

But Maori longevity remains lower than non-Maori.

Here are some stats hot off the press...

  • 82.2 years – expected longevity of a newborn NZ girl
  • 78.0 years - expected longevity of a newborn NZ boy
  • 1 year – the increase in female longevity from 2002 to 2007
  • 1.7 years – the increase in male longevity from 2002 to 2007 (he he, finally the boys are catching up!)
  • 75.1 years – expected longevity of a newborn Maori girl
  • 70.4 years - expected longevity of a newborn Maori boy
  • 1.6 times – this is how much more likely a Maori baby is to die in their first year of life, than a non-Maori

And the good news... the Maori longevity gap is closing.

  • 8.5 years – the longevity gap between Maori and non-Maori in 2002
  • 8.2 years – the longevity gap between Maori and non-Maori in 2007
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