Leading Causes of Death In New Zealand

Leading causes of death in new zealand 2015

The Leading Causes Of Death in 2015,1 in New Zealand according to Statistics NZ, shows 31,796 people died of:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke

Males accounted for 15,929 deaths in 2015, slightly higher than for females (15,867).

The leading causes of death were cancer, ischaemic heart diseases and cerebrovascular diseases. Cancer deaths made up 30.2% of all deaths, ischaemic heart diseases 15.8% and cerebrovascular diseases 7.8% in 2015.




Cancer is New Zealand’s biggest killer.

Ministry of Health data found cancer accounted for nearly one-third of all deaths recorded in 2015 (The latest Mortality numbers available are from 2018  – we are updating the graphs).

Of the 31,796 deaths that year, cancer accounted for 9,615 of those.

Cancer disproportionately kills more men. 

An untimely death can lead to financial hardship for people that rely on your income.  

Personal life insurance protects the people that matter to you.


1. Cancer 9,615 Deaths

2. Heart Attack 5,017 Deaths

3. Stroke 2,467 Deaths



  1. https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/mortality-2015-data-tables

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