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Population and dwellings

Total population

  • 4,027,947 people usually live in New Zealand. This is an increase of 290,670 people, or 7.8 percent, since the 2001 Census.
Population of New Zealand
2006 Census
New Zealand
Male 1,965,618
Female 2,062,329
Total 4,027,947

Māori ethnic population

  • 565,329 Māori usually live in New Zealand, an increase of 39,045, or 7.4 percent, since the 2001 Census.
Māori Population of New Zealand
2006 Census
New Zealand
Male 274,860
Female 290,469
Total 565,329
Note: The Māori ethnic population is the count for people of the Māori ethnic group. It includes those people who stated Māori as being either their sole ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

Number of dwellings counted

  • For New Zealand as a whole, there are 1,478,709 occupied dwellings and 159,276 unoccupied dwellings.
  • There are 13,560 dwellings under construction in New Zealand.
Dwellings in New Zealand
2006 Census
Dwelling Status New Zealand
Occupied Private 1,471,746
Occupied Non-private 6,963
Total, Occupied 1,478,709
Unoccupied 159,276
Under Construction 13,560
Total 1,651,542

Note: This data has been randomly rounded to protect confidentiality. Individual figures may not add up to totals, and values for the same data may vary in different text, tables and graphs.