Story: Te hauora Māori i mua – history of Māori health

Māori population changes

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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

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Raeburn Lange, 'Te hauora Māori i mua – history of Māori health - Health devastated, 1769 to 1901', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 August 2022)

Story by Raeburn Lange, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018