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Māori census night and usually resident populations, 1911–2013

In 1911, Māori made up 5 percent of the total census night population. In 2013, Māori made up 14.1 percent of the population.

Graph, census night and usually resident population for Māori, 1911–2013 Censuses.

There were 52,722 Māori counted in 1911 – 49,844 in the ‘native’ census and 2,877 in the general census.

In 2013, the census counted 598,602 Māori.

The total New Zealand population has increased by around 300 percent between 1911 and 2013, while the Māori population has increased by over 1,000 percent.

Note there have been substantial changes in the way that the Māori population has been counted over the years. Prior to 1945, some Māori, (such as Māori wives of Europeans) were included in the general population, but most were enumerated separately. A separate Māori census was carried out until 1945. However, South Island Māori were counted with the European population from 1916 to 1945.

Because of definitional changes around ethnicity and the undercount of the Māori population, any time series for Māori can be regarded as approximate only.

Information about the population data has more information about classifications of Māori ethnicity.

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