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Age and Sex / Te Pakeke me te Momo Ira Tangata
  • The median age of Māori (half are older, and half are younger, than this age) was 22.7 years in the 2006 Census. In 2001, the median age for Māori was 21.9 years. This increase in the median age reflects the gradual ageing of the Māori population.
  • In the 2006 Census, the median age for Māori females was 24.1 years, and the median age for Māori males was 21.3 years. This partly reflects a longer life expectancy for Māori women than for Māori men.
  • The size of the Māori population aged under 15 years has continued to grow. However, as a percentage of the total Māori population, this population has decreased from 37.3 percent in 2001 to 35.4 percent in 2006.
  • The largest increase in the Māori population since 2001 has been in the working-age group of 15 to 64 years (up 30,132 or 9.7 percent from 2001).
  • The proportion of Māori aged 65 years and over has increased from 3.4 percent in 2001 to 4.1 percent in 2006.
  • In 2006, the West Coast Region had the highest proportion of young Māori, with 37.6 percent under 15 years of age. Northland Region had the highest proportion of older Māori, with 6.1 percent aged 65 years and over.

Population pyramid, Maori Population, New Zealand, 2006 Census.

Note: The Māori ethnic population includes those people who stated Māori as being their sole ethnic group or one of several ethnic groups.

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