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While the history of the Māori population shows overall growth, from European contact to 1900 it dropped by nearly a half.
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Source: Ian Pool, Te iwi Māori: a New Zealand population, past, present and projected. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1991; Statistics New Zealand