NZ men live on average four years less than women, and yet still remain much less likely to talk to a GP about their health.

Latest statistics available tell us that one New Zealand man dies every three hours of a potentially avoidable illness; with death rates for Maori men nearly double that of non-Maori (Statistics NZ).

6 out of 10 New Zealand males are overweight.

Nearly a quarter of New Zealand men smoke.

27% of men have potentially hazardous drinking patterns.

Men have fewer years free from disability and poor health (Health and Independence Report 2005, MOH).

Latest research shows that men are at greater risk of stroke than women, with stroke being the second biggest single cause of death and the largest cause of disability in adults in New Zealand. We’ve got to get more men taking the simple steps to prevent early death and disability.


Diabetes is New Zealand’s fastest-growing health crisis, affecting a quarter of a million people. The number of New Zealanders living with diabetes has doubled from 125,000 to 250,000 [i] in the past 10 years, with 40 new diabetes diagnoses every day.

Everyone is at risk of diabetes and one in four New Zealanders is believed to have prediabetes. That’s more than a million people, who in many cases, could prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes with a healthy lifestyle of nutritional eating and regular exercise.

Taking your mens health check and visiting a health professional is a great way to assess your risk of diabetes. There are so many simple ways you can reduce your risk.”