May 17, 2021
Returnees boost Maori population
Te hokinga mai.
Stats NZ says there has been a sharp increase in the number of Māori migrating to New Zealand, coinciding with the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first provisional estimate of the national Māori ethnic population at December 31, 2020 was 854,700, up 2.5 percent or 20,700 more than a year before.
There were 425,700 Māori males and 428,900 Māori females.
The figure includes estimated Māori annual net migration of 5000, with 2700 occurring in the March quarter.
That compares with a net increase of 2000 in 2019 and 500 a year the two previous years.
The natural increase – births minus deaths – and net inter-ethnic mobility was 16,500.
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