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This research paper by Sue Crengle, Gabrielle Davie, Jesse Whitehead, Brandon de Graaf, Ross Lawrenson and Garry Nixon uses contemporary mortality data to examine Māori and non-Māori mortality rates in rural and urban areas.

This is the first study in a decade to compare Māori mortality rates across the urban rural spectrum and it is the first study to do so using an urban: rural geographic classification developed for use in health policy and research. The GCH defines a rural Māori population that is older than urban Māori but considerably younger than rural non-Māori. Māori are more likely than non-Māori to live in rural areas and considerably more likely to live in more remote places. Māori also experience much greater socioeconomic deprivation.