September 25, 2019
Māori want hands on next census
A member of Te Mana Rauranga, the Māori data sovereignty network, wants to see greater Māori involvement in the next census at both governance and delivery level.
Andrew Sporle from the University of Auckland says the data gaps in the botched 2018 census will be a brake on Māori development for the next 5 to 10 years.
While it had good ethnic data at a national level, there was little useful information about Māori at a household level and none at an iwi level – which could affect the quantum offered in future settlements.
He says a lack of census collectors and a reliance on online forms means there was a poor response rate.
"We definitely need much more engagement with Māori in the entire census process and that will also inform the engagement at the kanohi ki te kanohi level because that's where we can let out our people know that this is actually really important for us. This is what determines what healthcare services happen in our rohe, what roads are built, electoral boundaries, number of Māori seats, all sorts of really important things," Mr Sporle says.
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