FAQ about Māori Population
A1. New Zealand's 2006 National Census reported that 565,329 people belonged to the Māori ethnic group.
643,977 people reported that they were of Māori descent.
There were 128,430 Māori living in Australia in 2011 (a third of those were born in Australia). Approximately 6 percent of Māori living in Australia reported that they spoke Māori at home.
New Zealand's total population in 2003 was estimated to be four million.
A2. Estimates suggest that up to 100,000 Māori were living in New Zealand in 1769. At that time there was no other ethnic group in residence.
Q3. When was the Māori population at its lowest number (post European contact)?
A3. In 1896 there were only 42,113 people of predominantly Māori descent.
Q4. Is the Māori population increasing?
A4. Yes, the Māori population is increasing and at a faster rate than the European (i.e. those of European descent only) population of New Zealand.
Q5. Where can I find further details on the Māori population?
NZ's National Census is undertaken every 5 years. The last census was undertaken in March 2013. The census due in March 2011 was cancelled due to the large after- shock (i.e., earthquake) in Christchurch in February 2011 which badly damaged many of the downtown buildings. Statistics NZ's Christchurch staff were severely disrupted by this tragedy.
Last modified: 19 July 2013.
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