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2013 Census QuickStats about Māori
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  03 December 2013
 Icon, 2013 Census product of interest to Māori.    
Tirohia tēnei whārangi i te reo Māori

2013 Census QuickStats about Māori gives you useful facts about Māori people living in New Zealand, and shows how life has changed for this ethnic group since 2006. Find out about:

  • population
  • age and sex
  • location
  • Māori language
  • education
  • work and income
  • number of children born.

All information in this report is based on the census usually resident population count from New Zealand's 2013 Census of Population and Dwellings, held on 5 March 2013. This excludes New Zealand residents who were temporarily overseas on census night.

Because the 2011 Census was cancelled after the Canterbury earthquake on 22 February 2011, the gap between this census and the last one is seven years. The change in the data between 2006 and 2013 may be greater than in the usual five-year gap between censuses. Be careful when comparing trends.

How Māori are counted in the census

Māori are counted in two ways in the New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings: through ethnicity and through Māori descent. This publication covers both of these measures. Māori ethnicity and Māori descent are different concepts – ethnicity refers to cultural affiliation, while descent is about ancestry.

The Māori ethnic group population is made up of people who stated Māori as being their sole ethnic group, or one of several ethnic groups.

Māori descent refers to those people who are a descendent of a person of the Māori race of New Zealand. The Māori descent counts form the basis of iwi statistics.

In 2013:

  • 598,605 people identified with the Māori ethnic group
  • 668,724 people were of Māori descent.

Calculation of percentages

Unless otherwise stated, all percentages and ratios in this report exclude responses that cannot be classified (eg, ‘not stated’, ‘response unidentifiable’, ‘response out of scope’.)

The data in this report 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 tables.

Read this publication online, or download or print the PDF and tables from 'Available files' above. If you have problems viewing the files, see opening files and PDFs.

ISBN 978-0-478-40864-5 (online) 
Published 3 December 2013

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