Census data

have released a bundle of data today. Some interesting extracts, first on Maori:

  • Maori population up 5.9% compared to total population up 5.3%
  • Of the 598,605 who identify as Maori, 292,938 (49%) also identify as European.
  • Total who are of Maori descent is 688,724 up 3.8%
  • Maori population up most in Selwyn with a 51.2% increase and Mackenzie District 60% increase. Biggest drop in Kawerau with 14.2% reduction.
  • 50% more Maori have a bachelor’s degree than last census
  • A small drop in the number of Maori who can converse in te reo Maori – down 4.8% from 131,610 to 125,352. 7,824 claim they can speak Maori only, and not English.
  • 4,212 people claim to be Maori even though they also say they are not of Maori descent!

Wider ethnicity:

  • Almost 1 out of 8 people living in New Zealand are Asian, up from about 1 in 11 in 2006
  • In Auckland, over 1 in 5 are Asian
  • Hindi now 4th most common language after English, Maori and Samoan

If NZ was a village of 100 people:

  • 51 are female
  • In 1981, we had only 74 people and in 1926 just 33 people
  • The median age has increased from 28 to 38 since 1981
  • 14 villagers are Maori
  • 70 were born in NZ, 7 in Asia, 6 in UK/Ireland, 4 in the Pacific, 2 in Middle East/Africa, 2 in Europe and 1 in Australia and 1 in North America
  • 21 have a tertiary qualification
  • 36 are employed full-time and 11 part-time

Other stats:

  • 24.3% of women have a Level 5 or higher qualification and only 20.9% of men
  • The number of women earning over $40,000 increased 61.9% and the number of men 32.5%
  • Male median income increased 15.8% and female 20.9%
  • The number of households with a landline dropped from 87.8% to 81.1%

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