Story: Taupori Māori – Māori population change

Māori dependency ratios, 1896–2013

This graph of Māori dependency ratios – the proportion of dependent children and older people to working-age people – largely reflects increasing fertility rates among Māori women up to 1976. After this time the rate fell rapidly, largely due to the widespread use of the contraceptive pill.

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How to cite this page:

Ian Pool and Tahu Kukutai, 'Taupori Māori – Māori population change - Beyond the demographic transition, 1970–21st century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/31329/maori-dependency-ratios-1896-2013 (accessed 30 March 2020)

Story by Ian Pool and Tahu Kukutai, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2018