Story: Taupori Māori – Māori population change

Māori population, 1841–2006

The introduction of European diseases such as influenza had a devastating impact on the Māori population in the 19th century. As the first graph shows, the number of Māori almost halved between 1841 and 1896. As shown in the second graph, the population began to recover after this time and by 2006 it stood at just under 600,000. The big increases after 1981 were partly due to natural increase, but also due to more people identifying as Māori.

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Source: T. Papps, ‘Growth and distribution of population.’ In Population of New Zealand / Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific 12, 2 vols. New York: United Nations, 1985, vol. 1, tables 8 & 17; Ian Pool, Te iwi Maori: a New Zealand population, past, present & projected. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1991, p. 58; Statistics New Zealand

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Ian Pool and Tahu Kukutai, 'Taupori Māori – Māori population change - Population changes, 1769–1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2017)

Story by Ian Pool and Tahu Kukutai, published 5 May 2011