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in life expectancy slows – Media release

20 April 2021

Life expectancy continues to increase, although
the change over time has slowed, Stats NZ said today.

Life expectancy at birth for the population
as a whole is 80.0 years for males, and 83.5 years for females, based on
death rates in 2017–2019. Life expectancy for males has increased by 0.5
years since 2012–2014, and by 2.0 years since 2005–2007. Life expectancy
for females has increased by 0.3 years and 1.3 years over the same time

“While life expectancy is still increasing,
the increase over the last few years is smaller than in the past,” population
estimates and projections manager Hamish Slack said.

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