Census 2018: Stats NZ failed to meet ‘treaty obligations’ to iwi
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Census 2018: Stats NZ failed to meet ‘treaty obligations’ to iwi

November 24, 2019


After much delay, the nation’s body count
is finally out. Our population’s officially grown
to almost 4.7 million people according to figures
from the 2018 Census released today. That’s up nearly half a million
on the previous census in 2013. The biggest population growth
since 1961. And for Maori, we now officially make up 16.5%
of the country’s population. That’s up from 14.9% in 2013. While Stats NZ says the latest data on Maori
should be interpreted with care, as Eruera Rerekura reports, the New Zealand Maori Council
has doubts over the reliability
of the information. Stats NZ hasn’t fulfilled
their obligations to its entirety. Maori iwi are the losers
as a result. Due to the poor quality
of census data, the government’s Maori-focused
strategies will be negatively impinged on. Stats New Zealand
and Te Mana Raraunga are collaborating
to find a solution. The New Zealand Maori Council says the next census
needs to get it right. Strength in numbers. Eruera Rerekura, Te Karere.

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