Stats NZ have released a bundle of census 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!
- 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