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Steady growth in Māori population continues
2013 Census.  
Tirohia tēnei whārangi i te reo Māori

The Māori population is growing, is youthful although getting older, and has better education outcomes than at the last census, seven years ago, Statistics New Zealand said today.

There were 598,605 people of Māori ethnicity living in New Zealand on census night in 2013, which is 33,276 (5.9 percent) more than at the 2006 Census. By comparison, the total New Zealand population grew 5.3 percent (214,101 people).

“One in seven people usually living in New Zealand in 2013 belong to the Māori ethnic group,” Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said.

“Māori are a youthful population, but as a group are growing slightly older. The median age of Māori in the 2013 Census was 24 years – about one year older than at the last census,” Ms MacPherson said.

The number of Māori aged under 15 years continued to grow. However, as a proportion of the total Māori population, this group decreased slightly since 2006. The largest increase in the Māori population since 2006 was in the working-age group of 15–64 years (particularly those aged 30–64 years) followed by those aged 65 years and over.

“Census results also show that more Māori are achieving formal qualifications at university,” Ms MacPherson said.

Over 36,000 Māori stated a bachelor’s degree or higher as their highest qualification at the 2013 Census – a more than 50 percent increase since 2006.

Just over 1 in 5 Māori can now hold a conversation about a lot of everyday things in te reo Māori, a decrease of 4.8 percent from 2006.

2013 Census QuickStats about Māori has more about Māori people living in New Zealand, and how life has changed for this ethnic group since 2006.

Māori are counted in two ways in the New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings: through ethnicity and through Māori descent. 2013 Census QuickStats about Māori covers both of these measures. Ethnicity and descent are different concepts – ethnicity refers to cultural affiliation, while descent is about ancestry. This media release was compiled using information about Māori ethnicity.

This media release uses information from:

Other 2013 Census products released today are:


For media queries, contact:
Colin Marshall, Senior Media Advisor
Wellington  04 931 4600

Published 3 December 2013

Authorised by:
Liz MacPherson
Government Statistician


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