In 1945 around a quarter of Māori lived in urban areas and the remainder lived rurally. By the mid-1990s the situation had completely reversed with around 80% of Māori living in urban areas.
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Source: Ian Pool, Te [no-lexicon]iwi[/no-lexicon] Māori. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1991, pp. 123, 154, 182, 197; and Statistics New Zealand