Te Puni Kōkiri has produced a Te Waipounamu Regional Profile 2017 based on data sourced from Statistics NZ including Census and Subnational Ethnic Population Projections: 2013-2023, as well as data from Ministry of Education, Ministry for Social Development, Ministry of Health, and the Electoral Commission.
The demographic structure of Te Waipounamu population for 2013-2023 shows a 31% Māori growth rate over the ten year period while the national Māori growth rate is 20%.
Te Waipounamu Regional Profile 2017 shows improvement in almost all of the measured outcomes.
More Māori households have higher qualifications in Te Waipounamu and more Māori 18 year olds have a NCEA level 2 (or above) qualification.
Almost all (98%) Māori tamariki have participated in early childhood education and 95% of Māori tamariki are immunised.
Although there is a small drop in the number of Te Waipounamu Māori speaking te reo Māori - 16% to 13% - more Māori know their iwi affiliations.
The number of Māori households has increased with the highest rate of growth was for households with two or more families. However there is a slight increase of Māori households being overcrowded.
Māori business and Māori Authority businesses are doing better in Te Waipounamu than Māori SMEs however together they provide employment to nearly 6,000 Māori.
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