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## Statistics in New Zealand

**Respiratory disease in New Zealand**:

- Respiratory disease includes asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obstructive sleep apnoea, bronchiectasis, childhood bronchiolitis and childhood pneumonia.
- Respiratory disease is New Zealand’s third most common cause of death.
- Respiratory disease costs New Zealand more than $6 billion every year.
- One in six (over 700,000) New Zealanders live with a respiratory condition, and these rates are worsening.
- Respiratory disease accounts for one in ten of all hospital stays.
- More than half of the people admitted to hospital with a poverty-related condition are there because of a respiratory problem such as asthma, bronchiolitis, acute infection or pneumonia.
- People living in the most deprived households are admitted to hospital for respiratory illness over three times more often than people from the wealthiest areas.
- Across all age groups, hospitalisation rates are much higher for Pacific peoples (3.1 times higher) and Maori (2.4 times higher) than for other ethnic groups (Telfar Barnard et al., 2015).

**Asthma in New Zealand**:

- Over 521,000 people take medication for asthma − one in nine adults and one in seven children (Source: New Zealand Health Survey).
- Large numbers of children (3,552 or 410.3 per 100,000 in 2015) are still being admitted to hospital with asthma, and some of these will have had a potentially life-threatening attack.
- By far the highest number of people being admitted to hospital with asthma are Māori, Pacific peoples and people living in the most deprived areas: Māori are 3.4 times and Pacific peoples 3.9 times more likely to be hospitalised than Europeans or other New Zealanders, and people living in the most deprived areas are 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalised than those in the least deprived areas.
- The cost of asthma to the nation is over $858 million per year (Telfar Barnard et al., 2016).

**Statistics by DHB**:

**Auckland**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 1158 people died due to respiratory disease at Auckland DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 32 people died due to asthma at Auckland DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 7396 respiratory hospitalisations at Auckland DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 792 asthma hospitalisations at Auckland DHB.

**Bay of Plenty DHB**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 20 people died due to asthma at Bay of Plenty DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 4705 respiratory hospitalisations at Bay of Plenty DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 495 asthma hospitalisations at Bay of Plenty DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 996 people died due to respiratory disease at Bay of Plenty DHB.

**Canterbury**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 2007 people died due to respiratory disease at Canterbury DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 42 people died due to asthma at Canterbury DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 616 asthma hospitalisations at Canterbury DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 7325 respiratory hospitalisations at Canterbury DHB.

**Capital and Coast**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 16 people died due to asthma at Capital and Coast DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 414 asthma hospitalisations at Capital and Coast DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 4211 respiratory hospitalisations at Capital and Coast DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 846 people died due to respiratory disease at Capital and Coast DHB.

**Counties Manakau**

- In 2015 there were a total of 10285 respiratory hospitalisations at Counties Manakau DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 1164 people died due to respiratory disease at Counties Manakau DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 44 people died due to asthma at Counties Manakau DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 903 asthma hospitalisations at Counties Manakau DHB.

**Hawkes Bay**

- In 2015 there were a total of 233 asthma hospitalisations at Hawkes Bay DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 2888 respiratory hospitalisations at Hawkes Bay DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 648 people died due to respiratory disease at Hawkes Bay DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 8 people died due to asthma at Hawkes Bay DHB.

**Hutt**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 21 people died due to asthma at Hutt DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 2713 respiratory hospitalisations at Hutt DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 281 asthma hospitalisations at Hutt DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 547 people died due to respiratory disease at Hutt DHB.

**Lakes**

- In 2015 there were a total of 2283 respiratory hospitalisations at Lakes DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 338 asthma hospitalisations at Lakes DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 462 people died due to respiratory disease at Lakes DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 9 people died due to asthma at Lakes DHB.

**Midcentral**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 19 people died due to asthma at Midcentral DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 3162 respiratory hospitalisations at Midcentral DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 342 asthma hospitalisations at Midcentral DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 694 people died due to respiratory disease at Midcentral DHB.

**Nelson Marlborough**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 12 people died due to asthma at Nelson Marlborough DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 123 asthma hospitalisations at Nelson Marlborough DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 1788 respiratory hospitalisations at Nelson Marlborough DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 591 people died due to respiratory disease at Nelson Marlborough DHB.

**Northland**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 21 people died due to asthma at Northland DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 306 asthma hospitalisations at Northland DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 3659 respiratory hospitalisations at Northland DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 753 people died due to respiratory disease at Northland DHB.

**Southern**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 1326 people died due to respiratory disease at Southern DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 25 people died due to asthma at Southern DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 321 asthma hospitalisations at Southern DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 5279 respiratory hospitalisations at Southern DHB.

**South Canterbury**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 2 people died due to asthma at South Canterbury DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 294 people died due to respiratory disease at South Canterbury DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 46 asthma hospitalisations at South Canterbury DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 822 respiratory hospitalisations at South Canterbury DHB.

**Tairawhiti**

- In 2015 there were a total of 109 asthma hospitalisations at Tairawhiti DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 199 people died due to respiratory disease at Tairawhiti DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 7 people died due to asthma at Tairawhiti DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 904 respiratory hospitalisations at Tairawhiti DHB.

**Taranaki**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 12 people died due to asthma at Taranaki DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 205 asthma hospitalisations at Taranaki DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 2068 respiratory hospitalisations at Taranaki DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 499 people died due to respiratory disease at Taranaki DHB.

**Waikato**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 1448 people died due to respiratory disease at Waikato DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 27 people died due to asthma at Waikato DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 7423 respiratory hospitalisations at Waikato DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 806 asthma hospitalisations at Waikato DHB.

**Wairarapa**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 218 people died due to respiratory disease at Wairarapa DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 3 people died due to asthma at Wairarapa DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 78 asthma hospitalisations at Wairarapa DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 786 respiratory hospitalisations at Wairarapa DHB.

**Waitemata**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 1439 people died due to respiratory disease at Waitemata DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 43 people died due to asthma at Waitemata DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 865 asthma hospitalisations at Waitemata DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 8734 respiratory hospitalisations at Waitemata DHB.

**West Coast**

- Between 2008-2013, a total of 146 people died due to respiratory disease at West Coast DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 2 people died due to asthma at West Coast DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 28 asthma hospitalisations at West Coast DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 455 respiratory hospitalisations at West Coast DHB.

**Whanganui**

- In 2015 there were a total of 1444 respiratory hospitalisations at Whanganui DHB.
- In 2015 there were a total of 164 asthma hospitalisations at Whanganui DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 360 people died due to respiratory disease at Whanganui DHB.
- Between 2008-2013, a total of 6 people died due to asthma at Whanganui DHB.