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Ki te ao mārama – Statistics bringing light into our world

Here is an updated collection of our statistics about Māori well-being and development from a Māori perspective. It is available in te reo Māori: Tirohia tēnei whārangi i te reo Māori.

‘Te ao mārama’ is a Māori concept relating to wisdom and understanding. It derives from the myth in which Tāne separated his Sky Father Ranginui and Earth Mother Papatuānuku to create ‘te ao mārama’ or the world of light. This allowed Tāne and his brothers to grow and better understand the world around them.

Statistics New Zealand collected information relating to Māori well-being in the 2013 Te Kupenga Survey. Since 2014, our annual survey Tatauranga Umanga Māori provides information about economic activity of Māori authorities. For more details of the statistics, analysis, and other statistical information relevant to Māori, please visit

Unless otherwise stated, Māori are those who identified with the Māori ethnic group.

Read the media release: Most Māori te reo speakers kōrero with their pre-schoolers

He mihi, thanks... all New Zealanders for the information used to produce official statistics, and in particular to tangata whenua, for whom this publication is intended. the Ministry of Education, Ministry for the Environment, and Office of Treaty Settlements for data.

Please visit for further information, and links to other government departments that provide official statistics about Māori.

Unless stated otherwise, the information in this brochure is compiled by Statistics New Zealand, based on the most recent authoritative data available in April 2016. Due to rounding, figures may not sum to stated totals.

Contact us

If you have any feedback or a suggestion for the next Te Ao Mārama, please email  

Statistics New Zealand Tatauranga Aotearoa
Information Centre, PO Box 2922, Wellington 6140
Phone: 0508 525 525 toll-free or +64 4 931 4600

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To order printed copies of Te Ao Mārama 2016 please call our Information Centre (toll-free) on 0508 525 525 or email us at

Up to 50 copies will be provided free of charge. Larger quantities may be charged for.

Published July 2016

Image, Te Ato Marama, 2016.


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