Key findings

Number of new cancer registrations, 2020

   Total Male Female
Māori 3,126 1,440 1,666
Non-Māori 23,898 12,987 10,911
Total 27,024 14,447 12,577

Rates of new cancer registrations, 2020

   Total Male Female
Māori 411.5 410.3 414.9
Non-Māori 328.8  361.0 301.5
Total 337.4 366.8 312.8

About the tables

Interactive tables: These provide the latest cancer registration data for New Zealand. When you choose cancers of interest from a list, the data and graphs automatically update based on your choice:

  • A summary of the 10 most common cancers for males and females for 2020.
  • Ten most common cancer registrations for 2020 by all ethnicities, Māori and non-Māori and by sex. Data is included for years 2011–2020 to enable trend analysis.
  • Numbers and rates of new cancer registrations for groups of cancer, by sex for 2020.
  • Numbers of new cancer registrations for individual cancers for 2020, by sex, ethnic group, life-stage age group, deprivation quintile, district health board region and regional cancer network.

Download an Excel file of the tables

Data tables: Zip file package containing text files of the underlying data used in the interactive tables and a data dictionary.

Please note: The number of new cancers reflects the number of primary tumours rather than the number of individuals with cancer. Multiple cancers with the same site and same morphological group are excluded. 

These tables form part of the Cancer-new-registrations-and-deaths-series.


In these tables, we extracted data for new cancer registrations between 2011 and 2020 and recalculated the rates for all years to reflect ongoing updates to data in the New Zealand Cancer Registry and the revision of population estimates from Stats NZ. These are updated annually, and more significant revisions are made after each Census.

Please note that Stats NZ recently revised their population estimates for the period back until 2006, based on information from the 2018 Census. This will affect rates for a number of cancers, particularly for Māori. Therefore, please do not compare rates presented in this publication with those in previous editions. For more information on the revised population estimates please see:

We have quality checked the collection, extraction, and reporting of the data presented here. However, errors can occur. Contact the Ministry of Health if you have any concerns regarding any of the data or analyses presented here, at