Demographic Overview

According to the 2006 census, there were approximately 750,000 people living in the Midland region, constituting approximately 20% of New Zealand's total population.  Waikato, the largest DHB in the region, has a population seven times larger than Tairawhiti, the smallest.

Distinguishing features of our region's population compared to NZ as a whole:
  • highest proportion of Maori (DHB % in red below)
  • lowest proportion of the population identifying as Asian or Pacific peoples
  • higher number of people living in rural areas
  • a relatively higher proportion of people living in areas identified as high deprivation (deprivation quintiles 4 and 5)

Health Status Overview

Each day in the Midland region:
  • 26 babies are born
  • 541 people are admitted to a Midland hospital
  • 25 people are admitted to an out of region hospital
  • 837 people have a first specialist or follow up appointment
  • 5,033 people have a general practice consultation
  • 17 people die.

Babies born in the Midland region (with the exception of females in the Bay of Plenty) have a lower life expectancy than average for NZ.  Tairawhiti in particular stands out as having a life expectacy 4.2 years lower than the national average for both males and females.

Maori have higher mortality rates for diseases related to smoking including: cancer (Maori rates of lung cancer are almost four times higher than non-Maori), cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart failure and rheumatic heart disease.  Approximately 37% of Maori discharged from the region's hospitals are smokers.

Midland has signed up to a Smokefree vision - 'A smokefree, tobacco free Midland by 2025 - Our children and rangatahi deserve a future where smoking is history'.  An inter-sectoral regional work programme is supported by HealthShare.