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NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
1918 INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC
MORTALITY FIGURES

These tables have been produced with permission from the book Black November - The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New Zealand - by Geoffrey W Rice (Second Edition, Canterbury University Press, 2005, ISBN 1-877257-35-4) which I can thoroughly recomend for further reading on the 1918 Flu Epidemic.

Geoff Rice has done exhaustive research into the 1918 Epidemic and has revised the final figures. The population figures below are those of the 1916 Census. Death rate is per 1000. Only registered Maori deaths are listed and these were not available for some districts at the time. Please see the revised figures table at end of page.

NORTHLAND EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Mangonui and Whangaroa Counties 14 4338 3.2 126 3215 39.1
Hokianga County 9 3596 2.5 158 3829 41.2
Bay of Island County 35 3600 9.7 147 2592 56.7
Whangarei County and Whangarei 57 11389 5 34 1087 31.2
Hikurangi 5 775 6.4 - - -
Hobson County and Dargaville 31 5993 5.1 52 814 63.8
Otamatea County 8 3647 2.1 28 460 60.8
Rodney County and Warkworth 7 4043 1.7 8 171 46.7
Waitemata County and Helensville 5 9354 0.5 8 392 20.4
TOTAL 171 46735 3.6 561 12560 44.6

AUCKLAND EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Auckland City 193 - - - - -
Ponsonby 117 - - - - -
Herne Bay, Grafton 14 (40536)* 8 - - -
Arch Hill 20 (2120)* 9.4 - - -
Grey Lynn 67 - - - - -
Newton 33 (7454)* 13.4 - - -
Eden Terrace 17 (2595)* 6.5 - - -
Epsom & One Tree Hill 47 (6064)* 7.8 - - -
Parnell 48 (5849)* 8.2 - - -
Remuera & Otakei 39 (5318)* 7.3 - - -
TOTAL Inner City against 1916 Census 595 72243 8.2 - - -
Mt Eden 90 12555 7.2 - - -
Takapuna 20 2756 7.3 - - -
Birkenhead 15 2116 7.1 - - -
Northcote 10 1651 6.1 - - -
Devonport 36 7613 4.7 - - -
Onehunga 59 5913 9.9 - - -
Newmarket 24 2863 8.4 - - -
Ellerslie 9 1363 6.6 - - -
Papakura 19 821 23.1 - - -
St Heliers 7 507 13.8 - - -
Avondale 28 2451 11.4 - - -
Piha, Waitakere 10 947 10.6 - - -
Pakuranga 3 302 9.9 - - -
Mt Albert 56 9654 5.8 - - -
New Lynn 6 1041 5.8 - - -
Panmure 2 400 5 - - -
Otahuhu 11 2328 4.7 - - -
Manurewa 3 968 3.1 - - -
Henderson 3 879 3.4 - - -
Penrose 1 307 3.3 - - -
Mangere 3 1219 2.5 - - -
Mt Roskill 4 1785 2.2 - - -
Waikumete 2 1330 1.5 - - -
TOTAL Metropolitan Area 421 61769 6.8 - - -
Outside Metro Area (Including Soldiers in Camp) 74 14180 5.2 - - -
"Auckland" No Address 38 - - - - -
Maori - - - 35 511 68.4
TOTAL 1128 148192 7.6 35 511 68.4

* = 1911 Census Figures - Total 69936.


THAMES/BAY OF PLENTY EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Coromandel County 4 2256 1.7 12 298 40.2
Thames County 20 4690 4.2 43 665 64.6
Thames 31 3273 9.4 - - -
Ohinemuri County 8 4661 1.7 50 690 72.4
Paeroa 6 1376 4.3 - - -
Waihi 26 4774 5.4 - - -
Tauranga County 12 2942 4 30 1703 17.6
Tauranga 6 1685 3.5 - - -
Te Puke 3 1005 2.9 - - -
Rotorua County 10 1400 701 21 1367 15.3
Rotorua 20 2845 7 - - -
Whakatane County 14 1994 7 126 2569 49
Whakatane 12 960 12.5 - - -
Opotiki County - 1881 - 107 1600 66.8
Opotiki 9 1073 8.3 - - -
TOTAL 181 36815 4.9 389 8892 43.7

WAIKATO EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Franklin County 34 7602 4.4 24 629 38.1
Mercer 6 375 16 - - -
Pukekohe 13 1533 8.4 - - -
Tuakau 16 571 17.5 - - -
Waiuku 7 849 8.2 - - -
Raglan County 9 4027 2.2 23 1579 14.5
Waikato County 28 6564 4.2 9 528 17
Cambridge 4 1507 2.6 - - -
Hamilton and Franklin 54 5677 9.5 - - -
Huntly 26 1535 16.9 - - -
Waipa County 21 5997 3.5 - 405 -
Ngaruawahia 13 867 14.9 - - -
Te Awamutu 19 1064 17.8 - - -
Kawhia County - 991 - 1 591 1.6
Matamata County 6 3903 1.5 9 415 21.6
Piako County 21 3950 5.3 7 133 52.6
Morrinsville 7 1063 6.5 - - -
Te Aroha 20 1452 13.7 - - -
TOTAL 298 49527 6 73 4280 17

EAST CAPE/HAWKE'S BAY EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Waiapu County 8 2075 3.8 12 2693 4.4
Waikohu County 1 3013 0.3 - 443 -
Cook County & Gisborne 46 17319 2.6 11 1299 8.4
Wairoa County and Wairoa 24 3862 6.2 65 2536 25.6
Hawke's Bay County 31 11467 2.7 24 1194 20.1
Hastings 73 7918 9.2 - - -
Napier 94 12704 7.3 - - -
Waipawa County and Waipawa 16 5284 3 5 253 19.7
Waipukurau County and Waipukurau 20 3001 6.6 - 6 -
Patangata County 3 2080 1.4 4 253 15.8
Dannevirke County 20 3837 5.2 - 204 -
Dannevirke 46 3336 13.7 - - -
Norsewood 4 701 5.7 - - -
Woodville County and Woodville 8 2897 2.7 - 5 -
Weber County 1 420 2.3 - - -
TOTAL 395 79914 4.9 121 8886 13.6

KING COUNTRY EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Waitomo County 35 5181 6.7 65 1335 48.6
Te Kuiti 22 1982 11 - - -
Ohura County 10 2382 4.1 5 307 16.2
West Taupo County 4 2351 1.7 4 1020 3.9
East Taupo County 1 515 1.9 17 1056 16
Katieke County 17 2784 6.1 54 237 227
Manunui & Taumarunui 45 2688 16.7 - - -
Waimarino County 16 2705 5.9 17 695 24.4
Ohakune 26 1371 18.9 - - -
Raetihi 9 797 11.2 - - -
TOTAL 185 22756 8.1 162 4650 34.8

TARANAKI/WANGANUI EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Awakino County 1 702 1.4 1 176 5.6
Clifton County 8 2156 3.7 33 364 90.6
Waitara 4 1422 2.8 - - -
Taranaki County 17 7100 2.3 18 554 32.4
Inglewood 20 1199 16.6 - - -
New Plymouth 40 8704 4.5 - - -
Egmont County 13 2727 4.7 29 821 35.3
Opunake 8 537 14.8 - - -
Stratford County 28 5152 5.2 - - -
Stratford 28 2713 10.3 - - -
Whangamomona County 12 1387 8.6 - 19 -
Eltham County 9 2743 3.2 5 288 17.3
Eltham 14 1711 8.1 - - -
Kaponga 4 650 6.1 - - -
Waimate West County 6 1731 3.4 18 169 106.5
Manaia 11 904 12.1 - - -
Hawera County 21 4599 4.5 67 369 181.5
Hawera 38 3375 11.2 - - -
Patea County 7 2688 2.6 30 274 109.4
Patea 6 1010 5.9 - - -
Waverley 3 1071 2.8 - - -
Waitotara County 15 5842 2.5 10 363 27.5
Wanganui County 18 3397 5.2 10 670 14.9
Wanganui and Suburbs 83 14380 5.7 - - -
TOTAL 414 77900 5.3 221 4067 54.3

MANAWATU EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Rangitikei County 21 8398 2.5 1 606 1.6
Hunterville 7 555 12.6 - - -
Marton 15 1650 9 - - -
Taihape 37 1927 19.2 - - -
Kiwitea County 1 2585 0.3 - 11 -
Pohangina County 1 1581 0.6 - 8 -
Oroua County 22 3304 6.6 - 280 -
Feilding 9 3438 2.6 - - -
Manawatu County 9 4521 1.9 9 175 51.4
Foxton 15 1772 8.4 - - -
Kairanga County 17 4124 4.1 3 94 31.9
Palmerston North 103 12829 8 - - -
Horowhenua County 15 5851 2.5 19 1196 15.8
Levin 12 1630 7.4 - - -
Otaki 13 1065 12.1 - - -
Hutt County 23 5843 3.9 - - -
Upper Hutt 6 1554 3.8 - - -
Makara County (Excl Wgtn) 1 774 0.5 - - -
TOTAL 327 63411 5.1 32 2370 13.5
Awapuni Military Camp* (7) (317) (22) - - -
Trentham Military Camp* (77) (3270) (23.5) - - -

* = These victims have been added to their home regions.

WAIRARAPA EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Pahiatua County 8 3110 2.5 6 21 2.8
Pahiatua 11 1300 8.4 - - -
Akitiothe 4 1416 2.8 - 23 -
Eketahuna County and Eketahuna 8 3066 2.6 1 24 -
Mauriceville 4 771 5.1 - 11 -
Masterton County 25 3746 6.6 8 297 26
Masterton 53 5894 8.9 - - -
Castlepoint 2 621 3.2 1 4 -
Wairarapa South 11 2744 0.3 6 190 31.5
Carterton 15 1614 9.2 - - -
Featherston County% 18 3235 5.5 18 304 59.2
Featherston 15 1159 12.9 - - -
Greytown 11 1186 9.2 - - -
Martinborough 8 725 11 - - -
TOTAL 193? 30587 6.3 40 874 45.7
Featherston Military Camp* (177) (7800) (22.6) - - -

* = These victims have been added to their home regions.

% = Includes 12 soldiers who died at Featherston Camp, home address unknown.

WELLINGTON EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Mirimar & Seatoun 9 4610 1.9 - - -
Island Bay 18 3850 4.6 - - -
Hataitai & Roseneath 23 3669 6.2 - - -
Kilbirne & Island Bay 35 2237 15.6 - - -
Beramphore & Mornington 20 6060 3.3 - - -
Brooklyn 19 7051 2.6 - - -
Newtown 98 7205 13.6 - - -
Mt Victoria & Oriental Bay 35 6812 5.1 - - -
Tory St District 54 4130 13 - - -
Mitchelltown 10 4130 2.4 - - -
Webb St District 39 5389 7.2 - - -
Willis St District 55 4565 12 - - -
Kelburn 23 3972 5.7 - - -
Thorndon 29 4830 6 - - -
Tinakori 16 4599 3.4 - - -
Wadestown 5 1387 3.6 - - -
Karori & Northland 16 3216 4.9 - - -
Ngaio & Johnsonville 25 3078 8.1 - - -
Eastbourne 3 952 3.1 - - -
Petone 42 7115 5.9 - - -
Lower Hutt 26 4895 5.3 - - -
Porirua* 28 1475 18.9 - - -
"Wellington" No address 61 - - - - -
Seaman from ships in port 30 - - - - -
Wellington soldiers who died in camp 38 - - - - -
Maori - - - 16 455 35.1
TOTAL 757 95235 7.9 16 455 35.1

* = Includes Porirua Mental Hospital.

MARLBOROUGH EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Sounds County & Picton 8 2322 3.4 - - -
Marlborough 11 6915 1.5 - - -
Blenheim 27 3822 7 - - -
Awatere 2 1542 1.2 - - -
Kaikoura 9 1906 4.7 - - -
TOTAL 57 16507 3.4 - - -

NELSON EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Waimea County 11 9334 1.1 - - -
Motueka 4 1475 2.7 - - -
Nelson 29 8774 3.3 - - -
Takaka 3 1858 1.6 - - -
Collingwood - 1253 - - - -
Murchison 6 1251 4.7 - - -
TOTAL 53 23945 2.2 - - -

WEST COAST EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Buller County 10 5071 1.9 - - -
Denniston 13 702 18.5 - - -
Westport 10 4067 2.4 - - -
Inangahua & Reefton 12 4130 2.9 - - -
Grey County 17 7519 2.2 - - -
Greymouth 38 4863 7.8 - - -
Westland 14 4578 3 - - -
Hokitika 20 2091 9.5 - - -
Kumara 3 623 4.8 - - -
Maori - - - 1 81 -
TOTAL 137 33644 4 1 81 -

NORTH CANTERBURY EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Amuri County 1 1836 3.8 - - -
Cheviot County 9 1224 1.3 - - -
Waipara County 11 2058 5.3 - - -
Kowai County 7 1444 4.8 - - -
Amberley 8 470 17 - - -
Ashley County - 728 - - - -
Rangiora County 10 2747 3.6 - - -
Kaiapoi 11 1560 10.8 - - -
Rangiora 9 1808 4.9 - - -
Eyre County 9 1806 4.9 - - -
Oxford County 10 989 10.1 - - -
Tawera County 1 847 1.1 - - -
Malvern County 6 2757 2.1 - - -
Paparua County (Excl Chch) 6 2566 2.3 - - -
Halswell County 2 1785 1.2 - - -
Springs County 4 1785 2.2 - - -
Ellesmere County 6 3441 1.7 - - -
Selwyn County 7 1423 4.9 - - -
Maori - - - 1 145 -
TOTAL 129 31117 3.7 1 145 -

CHRISTCHURCH EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
City East 31 5109 6.1 - - -
City Northweat 26 4364 6.4 - - -
City Southwest 29 3999 7.3 - - -
Riccarton 11 2890 3.8 - - -
New Brighton 13 2310 5.6 - - -
Sumner 5 2287 2.1 - - -
Lyttelton 21 3766 5.6 - - -
Addington 10 3045 3.3 - - -
Sydenham 43 8418 5.1 - - -
Waltham 7 2218 3.2 - - -
Beckenham 5 909 5.5 - - -
Spreydon East 10 1565 6.4 - - -
Spreydon West 4 1645 2.4 - - -
Somerfield 6 1079 5.5 - - -
Opawa 4 890 4.5 - - -
St Martins 1 278 3.5 - - -
Woolston 9 3990 2.2 - - -
Linwood South 14 5195 2.7 - - -
Linwood North 25 4758 5.3 - - -
Avonside & Bromley 1 1933 0.5 - - -
Richmond 16 2696 5.9 - - -
St Albans East 22 4775 4.6 - - -
St Albans West 33 5665 5.8 - - -
Papanui 11 1866 5.8 - - -
Strowan & Merivale 11 2567 4.2 - - -
Belfast & Styx 8 1839 4.3 - - -
Marshland 7 1454 4.8 - - -
Fendalton 13 5078 2.5 - - -
Sockburn & Islington 8 2397 3.3 - - -
Heathcote 7 2738 2.5 - - -
Harewood 3 1050 2.8 - - -
Soldiers who died in camp 19 - - - - -
"Christchurch" No address 25 - - - - -
TOTAL 458 92773 4.9 - - -

BANKS PENINSULA/CHATHAM ISLANDS EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Mt Herbert County 2 405 4.9 1 120 16.6
Akaroa County 13 1982 6.5 - 33 -
Akaroa 4 540 7.4 - - -
Chatham Islands County 1 219 4.5 5 258 19.3
Wairewa County 2 1036 1.9 2 75 26.6
TOTAL 22 4182 5.2 8 486 16.4

SOUTH CANTERBURY EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Ashburton County 46 13136 3.5 - - -
Ashburton 25 3109 8 - - -
Geraldine County 11 5194 2.1 - - -
Geraldine 5 869 5.7 - - -
Temuka 21 2173 9.6 - - -
Levels County 11 4378 2.5 - - -
Pleasant Point 4 722 5.5 - - -
Timaru 38 12238 3.1 - - -
Mackenzie County 6 2868 2 - - -
Waimate County 13 6984 1.8 - - -
Waimate 17 1867 9.1 - - -
Maori - - - 10 232 43.1
TOTAL 197 53538 3.6 10 232 43.1

OTAGO EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Waitaki County 22 9694 2.2 - - -
Hampden 4 364 10.9 - - -
Oamaru 46 5140 8.9 - - -
Waihemo County 6 1446 4.1 - - -
Palmerston 5 752 6.6 - - -
Waikouaiti County 6 2841 2.1 - - -
Waikouaiti 4 611 6.5 - - -
Seacliff* 21 1253 16.7 - - -
Taieri County 10 5662 1.7 - - -
Mosgiel 11 1719 6.3 - - -
Bruce County 3 4763 0.6 - - -
Kaitangata 4 1681 2.3 - - -
Milton 5 1317 3.7 - - -
Clutha County 6 6194 0.9 - - -
Balclutha 10 1409 7 - - -
Owaka District 15 707 21.2 - - -
Tuapeka County 4 4818 0.8 - - -
Lawrence 4 837 4.7 - - -
Roxburgh 2 449 4.4 - - -
Tapanui 8 627 12.7 - - -
Maniototo County - 2527 - - - -
Naseby 2 276 7.2 - - -
Vincent County 7 3930 1.7 - - -
Alexandra 9 679 13.2 - - -
Cromwell 4 549 7.2 - - -
Lake County 1 1749 0.5 - - -
Arrowtown 1 307 3.2 - - -
Queenstown 3 657 4.5 - - -
TOTAL 223 62958 3.5 - - -

* = Includes Seacliff Mental Hospital.


DUNEDIN EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Roslyn 22 6300 3.4 - - -
Maori Hill 4 2075 1.9 - - -
North East Valley 18 4750 3.7 - - -
Central Dunedin 63 21290 2.9 - - -
Mornington 9 4381 2 - - -
St Kilda 28 5520 5 - - -
South Dunedin 30 6687 4.4 - - -
Caversham 22 6165 3.5 - - -
Green Island 15 1841 8.1 - - -
St Clair - 1797 - - - -
Port Chalmers 20 2615 7.6 - - -
West Harbour 1 1631 0.6 - - -
Tainui-Andersons Bay 4 1871 2.1 - - -
Peninsula County 1 1793 0.5 - - -
"Dunedin" No address including soldiers who died in camp 36 - - - - -
TOTAL 273 68716 3.9 - - -

SOUTHLAND EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
Southland County 100 23531 4.2 1 43 23.2
Campbelltown (Bluff) 8 1823 4.3 - - -
Gore 27 3551 7.6 - - -
Lumsden 5 570 8.7 - - -
Mataura 13 1129 11.5 - - -
Winton 19 1155 16.4 - - -
Wyndham 13 991 13.1 - - -
Invercargill 171 15866 10.7 - - -
Wallace County 65 7729 8.4 7 92 76
Nightcaps & Wairio 33 718 45.9 - - -
Otautau 21 837 25 - - -
Riverton 16 985 16.2 - - -
Fiord County - 17 - - - -
Stewart Island County - 349 - 1 4 250
TOTAL 491 59251 8.2 9 139 64.7

TOTALS EUROPEAN DEATHS EUROPEAN POPULATION DEATH RATE MAORI DEATHS MAORI POPULATION DEATH RATE
ORIGINAL TOTALS 6083 - - 1679 49397 33.9
REVISED TOTALS 6091 1098575 5.5 2160 51060 42.3
NZ SOLDIERS WHO DIED OVERSEAS 322 - - - - -
NEW EUROPEAN TOTAL 6413 1099449 5.8 - --
REVISED TOTALS - EUROPEAN AND MAORI 8573 1150509 7.4

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