Many Pacific Island countries and territories are unable to get accurate counts of birth, death and causes of death information. This lack of information affects local health and community planning, funding and priority planning and ability to access aid investment. Many people are born in one country but die in another place. The original birth and death certificates are generally issued in the country of occurrence, so the records are often not registered in their home island, country or territory.
This document presents ‘death’ related information of the Pacific Island nations' citizens that have died in New Zealand. It will help to improve the number of birth records that are ‘closed’ once the individual has died, and provide more complete analysis on cause of death.