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Māori Language Week 2011 – Manaakitanga in Aotearoa

As Māori Language Week kicks off with a focus on manaakitanga, or helping others, newly released figures from Statistics New Zealand show more Māori are doing just that.

Te reo Māori: Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2011 – Manaakitanga i Aotearoa

The Time Use Survey: 2009/10 shows that: 

  • In a four week period, 74 percent of Māori helped others outside their household, including doing voluntary work for groups or organisations. This compares with 71 percent of Europeans, 62 percent of Pacific peoples, and 46 percent of Asian people. 
  • On average, Māori spent 17 minutes a day helping people in other households, and 6 minutes doing voluntary work for groups or organisations. 
  • Within the household, Māori women spent nearly twice as much time on unpaid work as Māori men. Māori women spent 52 minutes more on household work each day and 39 minutes more on child care.

And 2006 Census data shows that: 

  • Māori were significantly more likely than any other ethnic group to care for a child living outside their own household – 25 percent of Māori did so in the four weeks before census night, compared with 16 percent of the population overall. 
  • Māori were also most likely to help someone with an illness or a disability who was living outside their own household – 12 percent of Māori did this, compared with 9 percent of the population overall.

"Manaakitanga is a sign of cultural strength and well-being. The data shows it is a value that is still being nurtured by Māori today," Māori Statistics Project Manager Atawhai Tibble said.

According to the 2006 Census, 131,613 (23.7 percent) of Māori could hold a conversation about everyday things in te reo Māori – an increase of 1,128 people from the 2001 Census.

Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician  
4 July 2011
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For enquiries contact: Atawhai Tibble, Project Manager, Māori Statistics
04 9314 855 or 021 876 393
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04 931 4630 or 021 285 9191
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