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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Primary Education

In 1964 there were 9,477 Maori pupils attending 135 Maori primary schools. Another 42,376 Maoris attended some 1,300 Board schools and approximately 3,029 attended private schools. The rapid growth of Maori population is shown in the following table.

Number of Maoris Attending Primary Schools (Excluding Private)
1930 1940 1950 1964
Maori schools 6,220 9,471 10,841 9,477
Public (Board) schools 8,172 12,477 18,699 42,376
Totals 14,392 21,948 29,540 51,853

Between 1950 and 1962 the number of Maoris in Maori schools increased by 112 only, while those in public schools increased by 17,687.

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