No change in numbers
Figures released by the New Zealand chief coroner show the number of deaths ruled as selfinflicted has stayed at about 540 for each of the last three financial years 2007-2010.
Health Ministry statistics show male suicide rates were almost three times female suicide rates in 2008, and female hospitalisations involving intentional self-harm were almost twice those for males.
In 2008 suicides among youth aged 15-24 decreased 35.4 percent from the peak in 1995. The female youth suicide rate of 11.1 per 100,000 population was the highest since 1999.
More than 2500 Kiwis are admitted to hospital annually after intentional self-harm.