26 Aug 2013

Maori suicides drop, figures show

7:43 pm on 26 August 2013

The number of Maori committing suicide has dropped, annual figures from the chief coroner show.

In the past year, 105 Maori died committed suicide - well down on the previous year's spike of 132.

Particularly notable was the decrease in male Maori suicide, especially among the young; 72 male Maori took their lives in the year to the end of June, compared with 94 the year before. The year-on-year rate has reduced from 37 to 24 deaths among Maori aged 15-19.

Chief coroner Judge Neil MacLean said the decrease was positive.

The figures are provisional and include active cases which may not be determined as suicide.