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Education / Te Mātauranga
  • Of the Māori census usually resident population aged 15 years and over in 2006, 17,907 (5.5 percent) had bachelor degrees, 2,535 (0.8 percent) had post-graduate and honours degrees, 2,241 (0.7 percent) had masters degrees, and 387 (0.1 percent) had doctorate degrees as their highest qualification.
  • In 2001, 13,347 Māori had bachelor degrees or higher qualifications – by 2006 this number had risen to 23,070.
  • In 2006, 29.4 percent of Māori women and 26.3 percent of Māori men stated a post-school qualification as their highest qualification.
  • The proportion of the Māori population with a school qualification as their highest qualification has decreased from 35.1 percent in 2001 to 32.2 percent in 2006.
  • Although the total number of Māori with no qualifications has increased since 2001, there has been a decrease as a proportion of the total Māori population. Nearly 2 out of 5 (39.9 percent) Māori aged 15 years and over had no formal qualifications in 2006.In 2001, 43.6 percent stated they had no formal qualifications.
  • Māori men were less likely than Māori women to have a formal qualification. In 2006, 43.5 percent of Māori men had no formal qualification, while 36.7 percent of Māori women had no formal qualification.
Highest Qualification for Māori Aged 15 Years and Over
2001–2006 Censuses
  2001 2006
  Number Percent Number Percent
No qualification 122,472 43.6 130,146 39.9
School qualification 98,562 35.1 105,102 32.2
Post-school qualification 59,601 21.2 91,233 27.9
Not elsewhere included 49,164 ... 38,925 ...
Total 329,799 ... 365,406 ...

Note: For 2001 Census data, 'other NZ secondary' is included in the 'Not elsewhere included category.
Symbol: ... not applicable.

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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