September 24, 2020
Maori population increasing 3.4 percent a year
We’re now a team of almost 5.1 million – and Māori an increasingly large part of that.
Statistics NZ’s latest estimate is New Zealand’s resident population reached 5,084,300 at 30 June 2020.
The latest estimate of the Māori population was June 2019, when it was 833,500, after being recalculated to correct an under-count in the 2013 census.
The Māori rate of resident population increase was 3.4 percent a year for the five years to 2018, compared to 0.8 percent for Pākehā and 7.3 percent a year for the Asian population, which is 2018 stood at about 770,000 people.
Population insights senior manager Brooke Theyers says the date New Zealand crossed the 5 million mark has been pushed back from March this year to September last year.
She says the updated estimates confirm that the growth of New Zealand's population has been relatively high, averaging 1.9 percent a year in the 7 years ended June 2020.
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