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Māori dependency ratios, 1896–2006

Māori dependency ratios, 1896–2006

Dependency is the support burden placed on the working-age population by younger (0–14) and older (65+) age groups. Declines in Māori child mortality and consistently high fertility rates from the 19th century to the later 20th century resulted in a large Māori child population over this period. Children made up 50% of the total Māori population in the 1960s, which meant dependency ratios were high. Though the birth rate declined from the 1960s, the Māori child population continued to grow, so the youth dependency ratio remained high. The number of older Māori people was proportionally small in the 2000s, so this dependency ratio was low. However, the older Māori population is projected to grow in the 21st century.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Source: New Zealand census, 1896–2006

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How to cite this page:

Ian Pool, 'Population change - Māori population change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/28744/maori-dependency-ratios-1896-2006 (accessed 20 November 2017)

Story by Ian Pool, published 5 May 2011