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Statistics

General statistics about organ donation and transplantation in New Zealand.

Number of deceased organ donors in New Zealand

Year Donors
2021 66
2020 64
2019 74
2018 62
2017 73
2016 61
2015 53
2014 46
2013 36
2012 38

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Number of organs transplanted in New Zealand

Organs transplanted 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hearts 23 20 17 13 14
Lungs 20 28 26 24 26
Livers (deceased donors) 52 47 54 51 49
Livers (living donors) 3 2 4 3 2
Pancreas 4 6 4 3 6
Kidneys (deceased donors) 121 99 133 103 108
Kidneys (living donors) 69 84 91 87 85

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Success rates

The success rates for transplantation in New Zealand are comparable to the international rates. The table below shows the patient survival rates at one year and five years for hearts, lungs, livers and the graft survival rates for kidneys and pancreas' in NZ. These figures are from deceased donors only. Please click below to download a printable PDF version.  

Organ1 Year5 Year
Heart 90% 78%
Lungs 80% 60%
Liver - adult 96% 89%
Liver - paediatrics 93% 92%
Pancreas 92% 87%
Kidneys 91% 82%

Causes of organ donor death

Cause Of Death 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Intracranial Haemorrhage/thrombosis 44 27 26 29 34
Trauma (road) 6 11 10 10 8
Trauma (non-road) 4 11 11 5 10
Hypoxia-anoxia 16 9 18 18 11
Other 3 4 9 2 3

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International deceased donor rates 2020

Data sourced August 2021 from IRODaT website http://www.irodat.org

 

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