Māori electorates were set up in 1867, when there were 72 general electorates. The shifting (or static) number of electorates in relation to the Māori and the European population are 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)