June 24, 2014
Maori electorates youthful and poor
Waiariki is the Maori electorate with the lowest median income, while Te Tai Tonga has the highest.
Statistics New Zealand says the latest figures released from the 2013 Census show median personal income in Waiariki was just $21,700 compared with $26,800 in Te Tai Tonga, which takes in the South Island and Wellington City.
Census manager Gareth Meech says age was a factor, as generally younger people have lower incomes than older people.
The lowest median income of just $19,000 was in Dunedin North, which has a large student population.
The median age for Maori electorates was 24.4, compared with a median age for the general electorates of 38.
Tamaki Makaurau recorded the highest proportion of people with a bachelor’s degree or higher, at 14.5 percent, while Ikaroa-Rawhiti had the lowest at 8.1 percent.
One in four people in Te Waiariki said they spoke te reo Maori compared with one in eight in Te Tai Tonga electorate where the rate was 1 in 8.
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