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Work and Income / Ko ngā Mahi me ngā Whiwhinga Moni
  • There were 225,360 Māori aged 15 years and over in full-time or part-time employment in 2006, an increase of 21.3 percent since 2001.
  • In the census, the proportion of Māori stating they were unemployed fell from 16.8 percent in 2001 to 11.0 percent in 2006.
  • Marlborough Region had the lowest unemployment rate for Māori, with an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent for Māori aged 15 years and over in the labour force.
  • Northland Region had the highest unemployment rate for Māori at 13.9 percent.
Labour Force Status for the Māori Ethnic Group Aged 15 Years and Over
2001–2006 Censuses
  2001 2006
Number Number
Employed full time 141,597 175,545
Employed part time 44,223 49,812
Unemployed 37,497 27,876
Not in the labour force 106,482 112,173
Total 329,799 365,406
Labour force participation rate (%) 67.7 69.3
Unemployment rate (%) 16.8 11.0
  • For Māori aged 15 years and over who were employed, the four most common occupational groups were 'labourers' (21.2 percent), 'professionals' (14.0 percent), 'technicians and trade workers' (12.4 percent) and 'managers' (11.6 percent).
  • In 1986, 25.5 percent of Māori adults were working in the 'manufacturing' industry and over one-third were employed in 'community, social and personal services'. Twenty years on, the most common industries for Māori to be employed in were 'manufacturing' (14.7 percent) and 'construction' (9.6 percent). 

Major occupational groupings for employed maori ethnic group aged 15 years and over.

  • The median income (half receive more, and half receive less, than this amount) for Māori aged 15 years and over was $20,900 in 2006. This is an increase of about 40 percent from 2001, when the median income for Māori was $14,800.
  • In 2006, the median annual income was $25,900 for Māori men aged 15 years and over and $17,800 for Māori women.

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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