In 2015 there were 41 deaths from SUDI
In 2015, 41 children under one year of age (<1 year) died from SUDI in New Zealand. This is a rate of 0.7 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Since 2000, the number (and rate) of SUDI deaths has decreased (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Number of SUDI deaths, 2000–2015
Higher SUDI rates for Māori and Pacific babies, and in more deprived areas
In 2011–15, SUDI rates were higher for Māori (1.5 deaths per 1,000 live births) and Pacific babies (1.1 deaths per 1,000 births) than babies in other ethnic groups (Figure 2).
Figure 2: SUDI deaths per 1,000 live births, by ethnic group, 2011–15
Babies living in the most deprived areas had a much higher SUDI rate (1.4 deaths per 1,000 live births) than those in the least deprived areas (Figure 3).
Figure 3: SUDI deaths per 1000 live births, by NZDep2013 quintiles, 2011–15
Tairāwhiti and Lakes DHBs had the highest SUDI rates in 2011–15
In 2011–15, the District Health Boards (DHBs) with the highest SUDI rates were Tairawhiti and Lakes DHBs.
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Information about this data
Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)
Source: Fetal and Infant Deaths 2015 
Definition: Deaths in children aged under one year of age (<1 year old) with an underlying cause of death in the following ICD-10AM codes: R95, R96, R98, R99, W75, W78, W79. Rates are presented per 1000 live births.
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