Health status

Health statusMana hauora

Good health is fundamental for wellbeing. However, many New Zealanders are affected by health conditions and risk factors for chronic disease.

These indicators describe the health status of New Zealanders, and factors that influence health.

Tobacco use

Current smoking, daily smoking

Alcohol use

Hazardous drinking

Nutrition and physical activity

Fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity

Obesity and body size

Obesity, overweight, healthy weight, underweight


Lung cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma skin cancer

Cardiovascular health

Ischaemic heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol


Diabetes prevalence

Respiratory conditions

Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Mental health

Psychological distress, diagnosed mental health illnesses, self-harm, suicide

Chronic pain and musculoskeletal disease

Chronic pain, arthritis, gout, musculoskeletal disease


Falls, road traffic injuries

Oral health

Dental caries, visits to dental health care worker

Access to health care

Access to primary health care use, potentially avoidable hospitalisations, avoidable mortality

Explore our interactive data

This dashboard lets you explore
regional data about the
health status of New Zealanders.

Health Board

District health boards (DHBs) are responsible for the health of the people living in their district. There are 20 DHBs in New Zealand.

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and metadata

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About the indicators

These indicators come from the Ministry of Health’s New Zealand Health Survey, and from our analysis of the Ministry of Health’s National Collections datasets (National Minimum Dataset, New Zealand Cancer Registry, and the New Zealand Mortality Collection). For more information, see the Resources page.

These indicators provide supporting information for the New Zealand Environmental Health Indicators (EHI) programme. For more information about the EHI programme, visit