NZ life expectancy

May 17th, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Children born in New Zealand in 2012 are likely to live into their 80s – almost at the top of the 194 countries covered in a recent World Health Organisation report.

The report ranks New Zealand males as having the fourth-highest and females seventh.

The figures were for a baby born in 2012, and showed an increased life expectancy around the world, which does not surprise a local demographer. In poor countries it was because fewer children were dying before their fifth birthday and in wealthier countries it was because fewer people were dying of heart disease and strokes before their 60th birthday, the WHO said.

New Zealand men were expected to live to, on average, 80.2 years of age – the same as Singaporean, Israeli and Italian men. Women should live to 84, the same as Portuguese women.

The highest life expectancy overall is Japan at 84 years. The lowest is Sierra Leone at 46 years.

For women, the highest is Japan at 87 tears and lowest Sierra Leone at 46 years.

For men the highest is San Marino at 82 years and lowest Sierra Leone at 45 years.

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23 Responses to “NZ life expectancy”

  1. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Looks like all this POVERTY !!! the communist block keep ranting about is doing us good :)

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  2. mikenmild (11,158 comments) says:

    We have it pretty good here. Wouldn’t know if from all the moaning about nanny state etc on Kiwiblog.

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  3. wat dabney (3,714 comments) says:

    I think you’ll find the carbon footprint of Sierra Leoneans to be admirably tiny.

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  4. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (823 comments) says:

    This is all John Key’s fault. What is he going to do about poverty?

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  5. mister nui (996 comments) says:

    So, does this mean we’re going to have to put up with Winston Peters for another 10 years?

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  6. wat dabney (3,714 comments) says:

    We have it pretty good here. Wouldn’t know if from all the moaning about nanny state etc on Kiwiblog.

    No. The real point to be made is how lefties are always bleating about “poverty” when in fact there is no such thing in New Zealand.

    Show me a politician focusing on “poverty” or inequality in New Zealand and I’ll show you a cynical manipulator ignoring and distracting from the real suffering poor in the world in order to line his/her own pocket and obtain power for themself.

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  7. mikenmild (11,158 comments) says:

    But there is both poverty and inequality in New Zealand. It may be mild compared to thrid world countries, but it does exist. Every day I walk past beggars in the subway at Wellington railway station.

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  8. s.russell (1,578 comments) says:

    What I find most remarkable is not the NZ stats, but the improvement in life expectancy in the developing world. Since 1990 life expectancy has risen by nine years. THAT is amazing progress. *NOTE: This stat comes from the Stuff version of the story, not the Herald version.

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  9. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    The lowest is Sierra Leone at 46 years.

    Either the other African countries are too much of a train wreck to even gather the required data or things are improving enormously on the African continent. In the past many Central African countries had a life expectancy in the 30′s.

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  10. wat dabney (3,714 comments) says:

    What I find most remarkable is not the NZ stats, but the improvement in life expectancy in the developing world. Since 1990 life expectancy has risen by nine years. THAT is amazing progress.

    That would the evil globalisation which the left fights against with tooth and nail.

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  11. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Every day I walk past beggars in the subway at Wellington railway station.

    milky, why don’t you give them your wages instead of demanding the government give them mine ?

    Or maybe they should team up with a “beggar” of the opposite sex and pump out a few meal tickets. With the collapse of your beloved USSR you have to start thinking outside of the square milky :)

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  12. mikenmild (11,158 comments) says:

    One of the biggest mega trends in the world today is the rise of prosperity in Africa.
    http://li.com/blog/legatum-institute/2014/02/07/africa-rising-

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  13. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    wat, you seem like a well informed chap. Can you tell us what the life expectancy was in the developed world before BIG OIL & PROFITS !!!! ?

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  14. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    milky, Africa is, and always has been, the richest continent on earth. The Europeans have added hugely to that by making things Africans thought worthless (like gold, diamonds, oil, minerals) incredibly valuable. I look forward to them one day paying back all the charity and help showered upon them by YT.

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  15. Psycho Milt (2,336 comments) says:

    …the improvement in life expectancy in the developing world. Since 1990 life expectancy has risen by nine years.

    Life expectancy is to a significant extent about how likely you are to die between birth and two years old – get fewer babies dying and the average life expectancy goes up fast.

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  16. Paulus (2,535 comments) says:

    One of the biggest problem in Sudan Africa is that the health imported via various media eg immunisation, is increasing the life expectancy and population enormously.

    As a result of this the population is growing so fast that the chances of feeding all the people is unobtainable.

    The population has doubled in a few years and exponentially will double again in a few short years – back to poverty thanks to the assistance of Western medicines and influence. China is well on board in the massive Oil fields, but that will not help the population growth, or feed them.

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  17. Southern Raider (1,672 comments) says:

    There is absolutely no poverty in NZ there is just idiots who make fucked up life choices and unfortunately this often impacts children.

    People who think there is no opportunities in NZ have never travelled. Mine victims in Cambodia with no legs have more up and go than the losers that laze around Queen Street. The difference is in Cambodia if you don’t get off your arse you don’t live.

    I think the statistic they should use as a measure for “under privileged” people in NZ is the income in that family divided by the people in that family. And guess what the simplest way to improve that statistic isn’t raising minimum wage, more benefits and assistance packages. It’s simple maths, lowest the number your dividing by. That’s right if you can’t afford to have them don’t have them in the first place.

    The real leadership I would like to see from National is the next time someone raises about a family of 10 in South Auckland or Kaitaia they should respond with “you chose to have that many so not our fuckin problem”

    Most of the issues in this country can be distilled down to the wrong people having kids and too many of them.

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  18. Shazzadude (515 comments) says:

    wat dabney: “No. The real point to be made”

    Nah, Mikenmild had it right the first time. I saw one commenter even refer to New Zealand as a “socialist prison”-utterly laughable.

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  19. OneTrack (2,723 comments) says:

    mike – “We have it pretty good here. Wouldn’t know if from all the moaning about nanny state etc on Kiwiblog.”

    I know, lets vote in the hard-left Green/Labour/ManaIP/Winston/Maori taniwha and see if we can change that. What could go wrong?

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  20. TM (98 comments) says:

    We spend around one third as much as the USA on healthcare per capita but we have significantly longer life expectancy. There’s a lot to be said for universal healthcare and Pharmac. TPP may be ok (depending on negotiations), but Pharmac should be off the table.

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  21. Scott1 (478 comments) says:

    Or we could ask the important question – is what policies got us this result? In particular what policies that were better than those countries that we overtook?
    And how can we reinforce that?

    Much better questions than “how can we used this to get the greens or ACT into power”.

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  22. Steve (North Shore) (4,516 comments) says:

    Better order my casket now, and the cremation.
    John Key and National can pay coz it is their fault that I will die

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  23. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    THANK YOU MR KEY. JUDITH AND I LOVE YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RE-ELECTION :)

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