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Location / Te Wāhi
  • In 2006, the majority of Māori (87.0 percent) lived in the North Island and just under one-quarter were in the Auckland Region (24.3 percent).
  • There were 73,230 Māori living in the South Island in 2006, an increase of 13.3 percent (8,580 people), since the 2001 Census.
  • Areas with the highest proportion of Māori were Chatham Islands Territory (64.4 percent), Kawerau (61.1 percent), Wairoa (60.7 percent) and Opotiki (59.3 percent) Districts.
  • In 1956, nearly two-thirds of Māori lived in rural areas. Fifty years later, 84.4 percent of Māori usually living in New Zealand lived in urban areas.

Map, Proportion of Maori Ethnic population by region.

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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