Life expectancy has been increasing steadily in the Waikato region for several decades.
This indicator is life expectancy at birth for people living in the Waikato region, derived from Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) Life Tables and Census information.
Life expectancy is a key indicator of the general health of the population. Improvements in life expectancy figures reflect improvements in the region’s social and economic conditions, lifestyle, access to health services and medical advances. Those people in the region who are living longer also potentially have more years to benefit from these related improvements as a result. Measuring life expectancy can also help us to plan for the increased need for support systems and other resources as longer life spans can impact on our region’s population levels and the degree of support older people may need.
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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
The time series from 1990-1992 for Waikato region and New Zealand was previously compiled by MARCO (Monitoring and Reporting Community Outcomes) and can be verified through the SNZ website (e.g. refer Life expectancy at birth in New Zealand by sex, Infoshare database(external link)).
Life Table data are reported separately for males and females. This indicator takes a simple average to arrive at estimated life expectancy for both sexes.
New Zealand Subnational Period Life Tables for 2012-14(external link) were released in July 2015.
Update details: Most recent figures are from the 2013 Census results.
Customised data request requirements: Nil
DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:
Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Some TAs only (Thames-Coromandel, Waikato District, Matamata-Piako, Hamilton, Waipa, Taupō)
Other regions: Yes
New Zealand: Yes
Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Secondary statistics from OECD Wellbeing Report:Health – Key findings(external link). In particular, the OECD findings state that: 'life expectancy at birth in New-Zealand is 82 years, two year higher than the OECD average of 80 years. Life expectancy for women is 83 years, compared with 80 for men’.