Tirohanga Ohanga mō Te Moana a Toi: Māori Entrepreneurs in Te Moana ā Toi and New Zealand for 2001 and 2006

Highest Qualification

For New Zealand in 2006 Māori entrepreneurs were more likely to have either a school qualification (30.9 %) or a post-school certificate or diploma (31.7%) as their highest qualification. In contrast with 2001, where most Māori entrepreneurs either had no qualifications (31.0%) or a school qualification (36.2%) as their highest qualification.

From 2001 and 2006, there was an increase in the proportion of those Māori entrepreneurs with post-school qualifications. Graph’s 6 and 7 shows these changes for New Zealand and the Bay of Plenty region.

Graph 6: Highest Qualification for Māori Entrepreneurs* in New Zealand, 2001 and 2006 Censuses

Source: Statistics New Zealand’s, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2001 and 2006. *This figure uses data for the employed people aged 15 years of age and over.

Graph 7: Highest Qualification for Māori Entrepreneurs* in the Bay of Plenty Region, 2001 and 2006 Censuses

Source: Statistics New Zealand’s, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2001 and 2006. *This figure uses data for the employed people aged 15 years of age and over.

For the Bay of Plenty region in 2006, Māori entrepreneurs were more likely to have either a school qualification (31.8%) or a post school certificate or diploma (33.6%) as their highest qualification.

This is slightly higher than nationwide proportions of Māori entrepreneurs for 2006 of 30.9% (school qualifications) and 31.7% (post school certificate or diploma) respectively. This was in contrast with 2001, where just over two-thirds of Māori entrepreneurs either had no qualifications (31.8%) or a school qualification (34.6%) as their highest qualification.

From 2001 and 2006, there was an increase in the proportion of Māori entrepreneurs in the Bay of Plenty region with post-school qualifications. Graph 7 shows these changes.

A lower proportion of Māori entrepreneurs in the Bay of Plenty region had a Bachelor degree or higher as their highest qualification in both 2001 and 2006, compared with their nationwide Māori entrepreneur counterparts. However, there has been an increase in the proportion of Māori entrepreneurs in the Bay of Plenty region with a Bachelor degree or higher, from 7.7% in 2001 to 10.4% in 2006.

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