Details of how Te Ara Ahunga Ora fulfils its commitments set out in the Public Service Act 2020 to support the Crown to fulfil its responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi to create better outcomes for Māori can be found on our Whanaketanga Māori page.

30 June 2021 figures estimated New Zealand’s Māori ethnic population to be 875,300 (17.1 percent of the national population). Source: Stats NZ

The Māori population is relatively younger than the population overall. The median ages for Māori males and females were 25.3 and 27.3 years respectively (compared with national median ages of 36.7 and 38.8 years respectively). Source: Stats NZ

Life expectancy at birth was 73.4 years for Māori males in 2017–2019 (up 3.1 years from 2005–2007), and 77.1 years for Māori females (up 2.0 years from 2005–2007). In comparison, non-Māori males are expected to live to 80.9 years, while non-Māori females are expected to live to 84.4 years. Source: Stats NZ.

Māori represent high proportions of people living in the regional councils of Auckland (23.4%), Waikato (14.1%), and the Bay of Plenty (11.6%). There are very few Māori living in the regional councils of Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman (0.8, 0.7%, and 0.6% respectively) or the West Coast (0.5%). Source: Stats NZ

Te reo Māori is spoken in the home by around 32% of Māori. Around 10% of Māori speak te reo Māori well or very well, but 15% can read to the same level, and 16% can understand te reo Māori well or very well. 8% of Māori learnt te reo Māori as their first language and still understand it. Source: Te Whata.

Iwi data is available through Te Whata – an online storehouse of data designed to make iwi data more relevant, accessible and useful for iwi needs.