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QuickStats About Māori


Revised 27 March 2007 – See attached Erratum

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Māori Descent and Iwi / Ko ngā Kāwai Whakaheke Māori me ngā Iwi


Māori descent refers to those people who are of Māori ancestry. The Māori descent count forms the basis of producing iwi statistics.

  • In 2006, there were 643,977 (17.7 percent) people usually living in New Zealand who were of Māori descent. This is a 6.6 percent increase from 2001, an 11.1 percent increase from 1996, and a 26.0 percent increase from 1991.
  • Around one-third (34.5 percent) of people of Māori descent were aged under 15 years, while 4.3 percent were aged over 65 years.

 

Māori Descent Population

1991–2006 Censuses

Census year

Māori descent population

1991

511,278

1996

579,714

2001

604,110

2006

643,977



  • In 2006, the largest iwi for people of Māori descent was Ngāpuhi with 122,211 people. Since 2001, Ngāpuhi has increased by 19,230 people (18.7 percent).
  • In the South Island, Ngāi Tahu is by far the largest iwi with a count of 49,185 people of Māori descent. Ngāi Tahu is also the fourth largest iwi overall.
  • A total of 102,366 people of Māori descent did not know their iwi. This is a decrease of 8.4 percent, compared with 2001, and a 9.1 percent decrease since 1996.


Ten Largest Iwi

2006 Census

Ngāpuhi

122,211

Ngāti Porou

71,910

Ngāti Kahungunu

59,946

Ngāi Tahu/ Kāi Tahu

49,185

Te Arawa

42,159

Ngāti Tūwharetoa

34,674

Ngāti Maniapoto

33,627

Waikato

33,429

Tūhoe

32,670

Ngāti Awa

15,258

Note:

(1) Ngāti Kahungunu includes Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Ngāti Kahungunu – region unspecified, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Te Whanganui-a-Orutu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tamatea, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Tamakinui a Rua, Ngāti Pāhauwera, and Ngāti Rākaipaaka.
(2) Te Arawa includes Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rangiteaorere, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Tapuika, Tarāwhai, Tūhourangi, Uenuku-Kōpako, Waitaha, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa, and Te Arawa waka / confederation.


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