These two graphs highlight how the rate of Māori home ownership has been higher in rural than urban New Zealand. Even so, in both areas, Māori homeownership rates decreased between 1926 and 1981. In rural areas they plateaued at around 50% in 1951. In urban areas they showed a slight increase from 1951 to 1966. This trend reflected increased state housing subsidies to low-income New Zealanders, many of whom were Māori. From the 1970s these subsidies became less generous, making it harder for this group to purchase houses.
Of interest is the high number of Māori households living rent free, especially in rural areas. Many of these would have been farm workers and the like, whose housing was included as part of the job.
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Source: New Zealand census 1926–1981