Small to Medium Enterprises

Māori Employment

  • Māori identifying themselves as self-employed (both with and without employees) grew by more than 20 percent between 2001 and 2006, from 17,100 to 20,850. Non-Māori self-employed grew by 8.8 percent during the same period.4
  • However, the percentage of self-employed Māori and Māori employers has largely remained static between 2001 and 2006, although there has been a slight increase in Māori employers. It should also be noted that the self-employment rates for Māori are approximately half those of most other ethnic groups.5

Table 2: Percentage Ethnic Groups by Status in Employment 2001-2006

Table 2: Percentage Ethnic Groups by Status in Employment 2001-20066
Ethnic group
(grouped total responses)
2006 Census Employment status 2001 Census Employment status
Paid employee Self employed and without employees Employer Unpaid family worker Paid employee Self employed and without employees Employer Unpaid family worker
European 77.1 12.9 7.9 2 75.9 13.4 8.4 2.3
Māori 88.3 6.5 3.3 1.9 88.1 6.5 3.1 2.2
Pacific peoples 93 4.3 1.6 1.2 92.6 4.4 1.6 1.3
Asian 78.8 12 6.5 2.7 74.3 14.3 7.4 3.9
Other 75 13.8 9 2.2 80.1 12 5.9 2
Total 78.4 12.2 7.4 2.1 77.3 12.7 7.7 2.3

Source: MED (2008)

 

4 Incomes for Māori Self-Employed, Te Puni Kōkiri Fact sheet, August 2007.
5 Ibid.
6 MED (2008).

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