Story: Women and men

Colonial gender balance (1st of 2)

Males outnumbered females in New Zealand's population until the early 20th century. In 1862, the year records began, 70% of adult Pākehā New Zealanders were male. Their numerical dominance continued for decades. 

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How to cite this page:

Charlotte Macdonald, 'Women and men - Colonial beginnings: 1840s–1880s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/29209/colonial-gender-balance (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Charlotte Macdonald, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017