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Māori descent

In 2018, 13,893 people or 11.0% of the population in Dunedin City 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 .

Dunedin City'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.

Please note: The 2018 Census utilised past Census data and statistical imputation to improve the response rate for this variable, there is a reduction in the "Not Stated/Not Elsewhere included" rate in 2018, and comparisons with earlier years may in some cases reflect this methodology change rather than real world change. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.


Derived from the Census question:

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

Māori descent
Dunedin City20182013Change
Descent typeNumber%Otago Region %Number%Otago Region %2013 to 2018
Māori descent13,89311.010.510,8279.08.8+3,066
No Māori descent108,50485.986.795,69779.679.5+12,807
Don't know3,8583.12.83,2042.72.5+654
Not stated / included------10,5188.79.2-10,518
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: High
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Please note that in the 2018 Census, where data are not provided, responses are sourced from administrative datasets, in line with the procedures developed by Statistics New Zealand to supplement the 2018 dataset. Due to this, there is no "Not Stated / included" category in 2018, and users should use caution when comparing to earlier Census years.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the Māori descent statistics of the population in Dunedin City in 2018 shows that there were 13,893 people who identified themselves as having Māori descent and 108,504 of people who identified themselves as having no Māori descent.

Overall, 11.0% of the population identified themselves as having Māori descent, compared with 10.5% for Otago Region

Emerging groups

The number of people identifying themselves as having Māori descent increased by 3,066 between 2013 and 2018.

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