Road traffic injury hospitalisations in 2022 were similar to pre-COVID-19 levels

We've updated our surveillance report on road traffic injury hospitalisations.

  • The 2022 traffic injury hospitalisation rate was 80.1 per 100,000 people, similar to the rate prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Road traffic injury hospitalisation rates were highest for males, Māori, people aged 15–24 and 85+ years, and people living in more deprived areas.
  • The rate of hospitalisations for Māori has increased significantly since 2014.
  • Motorcyclists had a much greater risk of injury than users of other modes of transport, taking into account time spent travelling and distance travelled.
  • The highest road traffic injury hospitalisation rate occurred in the Northland district. The lowest hospitalisation rate was in the Capital and Coast district.

You can read the full surveillance report here.