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Work and income
     
Tirohia tēnei whārangi i te reo Māori

Work and income information covers the Māori ethnic population aged 15 years and over.

The West Coast region has highest Māori employment rate

  • As a proportion of the Māori ethnic population aged 15 years and over, the West Coast region had the highest Māori employment rate, at 66.1 percent. Northland region had the lowest Māori employment rate, at 48.8 percent.
  • Māori men were more likely than Māori women to be in full-time employment in 2013, at 52.9 percent and 35.1 percent, respectively.
  • There were 223,926 Māori aged 15 years and over in full-time or part-time employment, a slight decrease of 0.6 percent since 2006.
  • In the 2013 Census, the unemployment rate rose to 15.6 percent, up from 11.0 percent in 2006.
Labour force status for the Māori ethnic group aged 15 years and over
2006 and 2013 Censuses
Labour force status  2006 Census  2013 Census
 Number  Percent  Number  Percent
Employed full-time  175,545  48.0  172,116  43.4
Employed part-time  49,812  13.6  51,810  13.1
Unemployed  27,876  7.6  41,295  10.4
Not in the labour force  112,173  30.7  131,070  33.1
Total Māori  365,406  ...  396,285  ...
Symbol: … not applicable
Source: Statistics New Zealand

Labourers and professionals most common occupational groups for Māori

In 2013, for employed Māori aged 15 years and over, the three most common occupational groups were:

  • labourers (19.4 percent) – down from 21.2 percent in 2006
  • professionals (16.4 percent) – up from 14.0 percent
  • managers (13.1 percent) – up from 11.6 percent. 

Graph, Major occupational groups for employed Māori ethnic group aged 15 years and over, by sex, 2013 Census.

In 2013, the most common industries for Māori to be employed in were:

  • manufacturing (12.2 percent) – down from 14.7 percent in 2006
  • health care and social assistance (10.0 percent) – up from 8.5 percent
  • education and training (9.4 percent) – up from 8.0 percent.

Median income higher for Māori men than for Māori women

  • The median income (half received more, and half received less, than this amount) was $27,200 for Māori men aged 15 years and over and $19,900 for Māori women.
  • In 2013, the median income for all Māori aged 15 years and over was $22,500.

Graph, Total personal income for Māori aged 15 years and over, 2006 and 2013 Censuses.

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