Māori electorates were set up in 1867, when there were 72 general electorates. The number of electorates in relation to the Māori and the European population is shown here.
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Sources: Alan McRobie, New Zealand electoral atlas. Wellington: GP Books, 1989; Electoral Commission (top); T. Papps, ‘Growth and distribution of population.’ In Population of New Zealand. Vol. 1. New York: United Nations, 1985, tables 8 and 17; Ian Pool, Te [no-lexicon]iwi[/no-lexicon] Maori: a New Zealand population, past, present & projected. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1991, p. 58; Statistics New Zealand (bottom)