New Zealand had a population of 4 143 279 at the time of the 2006 census, with 1 965 621 male and 2 062 328 female residents, or around 104 women for every 100 men. The estimated resident population as of 31 December 2010 was 4 370 200. The median age was 35.5 years for men and 37.5 years for women. In common with many other developed countries, New Zealand’s population is ageing.
At total population level, the country’s health continues to improve, and impressive longevity gains have been recorded: life expectancy at birth in 2006 was 82.4 years for females and 78.4 years for males. These levels for 2006–2008 represent longevity gains of 1.1 years for females and 1.9 years for males since 2000–2002. Since 1975– 1977, life expectancy at birth has increased by 6.8 years for females and 9.2 years for males as a result of reductions in mortality rates for all age groups. However, Māori life expectancy at birth in 2006 was approximately eight years less than that for non-Māori for both genders, at 70.4 years for Māori males and 75.1 years for Māori females.
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New Zealand, one of the WHO founders, participated in the International Health Conference in 1946, which resutled in the drafting of the WHO constitution, turning over the functions of the Office International d'Hygiene Publique (OIHP) to WHO and setting up of an Interim Commision to prepare for the First WOrld Health Assembly. It joined WHO on 10 December 1946.
It is covered by the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific.
WHO Country Office
Director, Programme Management
World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
United Nations Avenue P.O. Box 2932, 1000 Manila, the Philippines
(632) 5288 001
(632) 3031 000
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Ministry of Health
1-3 The Terrace, P.O. Box 5013, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Telephone number:04 - 496-2000
04 - 496-2340
|Population (in thousands) ( 2010 )||4370.2|
|Population aged 5-14 years (%) ( 2010 )||13.333|
|Life expectancy at birth (years) ( 2009 )||80.75|
|Under-five mortality rate (per 1000 live births) ( 2007 )||6.05028|
|Total health expenditure as % of GDP ( 2009 )||9.7|
|General government health expenditure as % of total government expenditure ( 2009 )||18.3|
|Human development index ( 2010 )||0.907|
|Per capita GDP at current market prices (US$) ( 2009 )||27066.7|
|Population below national poverty line (%)|| not available
|Literacy rate among adults aged >= 15 years (%) ( 2006 )||86|
|Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ( 2007 )||19.96|
|Proportion of the population using improved drinking water source ( 2011 )||100|
|Population using improved sanitation facilities (%) ( 2011 )||100|