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The Wellington Region

Māori descent

In 2013, 65,310 people or 13.9% of the population in the Wellington Region identified themselves as having Māori descent.

A person has Māori descent if they are of the Māori race of New Zealand; this includes any descendant of such a person. The term "Māori descent" is based on a genealogical or biological concept, rather than on cultural affiliation to the Māori ethnic group. Information on cultural affiliations, or ethnicity, is collected in the census question on ethnic group. It is important to view this question in conjunction with the question about Ethnicity as some people who have Māori ancestry may not identify themselves ethnically as Māori .

The Wellington Region's Māori descent statistics should be viewed in conjunction with Ethnicity data, Languages Spoken and Religion statistics to provide a more complete picture of the Māori population.

Derived from the Census question:

'Are you descended from a Māori (that is, did you have a Māori birth parent, grandparent or great-grandparent etc)?'

Total population

Māori descent
Wellington Region20132006Change
Descent typeNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Māori descent65,31013.917.563,29714.118.0+2,013
No Māori descent355,23375.470.3340,46775.870.1+14,766
Don't know9,0961.91.98,0881.81.9+1,008
Not stated / included41,6798.810.237,1048.310.0+4,575

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Māori descent, 2013
Māori descent, 2013 Māori descent, North Island: 17.5% No Māori descent, North Island: 70.3% Don't know, North Island: 1.9% Not stated / included, North Island: 10.2% Māori descent, Wellington Region: 13.9% No Māori descent, Wellington Region: 75.4% Don't know, Wellington Region: 1.9% Not stated / included, Wellington Region: 8.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in Māori descent, 2006 to 2013
Change in Māori descent, 2006 to 2013 Māori descent, Wellington Region: +2,013 No Māori descent, Wellington Region: +14,766 Don't know, Wellington Region: +1,008 Not stated / included, Wellington Region: +4,575
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the Māori descent statistics of the population in the Wellington Region in 2013 shows that there were 65,310 people who identified themselves as having Māori descent and 355,233 of people who identified themselves as having no Māori descent.

Overall, 13.9% of the population identified themselves as having Māori descent, compared with 17.5% for North Island

Emerging groups

The number of people identifying themselves as having Māori descent increased by 2,013 between 2006 and 2013.

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