May 21, 2014
Dairy attracts Maori
The growth of the dairy industry is increasing the number of Maori in some parts of the country.
Figures from the 2013 Census show the Maori population in Waimate has grown almost 20 percent since 2006, with 447 people of Maori descent living in the district.
That makes it still the least Maori district in the country.
Mayor Craig Rowley says the new arrivals don’t seem to be from local iwi.
He says more work from dairy conversions is also attracting immigrants to the south, and the district is becoming more multicultural.
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