Intentional and unintentional injuries are leading causes of mortality and morbidity among Māori. Compared to non-Māori, Māori adults and children have a higher unintentional injury mortality rate and hospitalisation rate. The three most common causes of unintentional injury differ substantially between age groups, however include suffocation, motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, drowning, and falls.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori are a youthful population. According to the 2013 New Zealand census, 33.8% of Māori were under the age of 15 years. Aotearoa New Zealand performs poorly with respect to child injury prevention in comparison to other high-income countries. Moreover, the burden of injury is disproportionately borne by Indigenous children—tamariki Māori.