Suicide rate among Māori men rises to highest in decade
The suicide rate among Māori men rose to almost 32 per 100,000 in 2016 – more than double the non-Māori male rate.
Ministry of Health figures showed there were 31.7 suicides per 100,000 Māori males in 2016, up from 25.6 per 100,000 the preceding year. The figure is the highest rate in the previous decade and more than twice that of the non-Māori male rate of 14.3 per 100,000.
The rate for Māori women and girls fell slightly from 11.2 to 10.1 per 100,000 in 2016, but was still just over double the non-Māori female rate of 4.9 per 100,000.
New Zealand’s overall suicide numbers also reached a 10-year high in 2016 with 553 people dying by suicide, up from 529 in 2015.
Suicide prevention worker Rongomaitawhiri Ah-Ching said a lack of connection was contributing to the high rate of suicide for Māori males.