Story: Suicide

Māori and non-Māori rates of suicide, 1996–2015

Move the mouse over the lines on the graph to see suicide rates for Māori and non-Māori men and women. Click on a tab in the key to remove that line from the graph; click on the tab again to restore it.

During the period 1996–2015 rates of suicide for both Māori men and women were consistently higher than for non-Māori. The figures above include all ages, but in fact the disparity between Māori and non-Māori were greatest amongst males aged 15–44 and females aged 15–24 and 25–44.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Suicide - Suicide rates', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 16 Jul 2019 with assistance from Sunny Collings and Rosemary Du Plessis