Population age structure

According to the 2006 Census, there were approximately 1,161,500 people aged 50 years or above in New Zealand. Older people represented almost 30 percent of the total usually resident population and Māori made up 6.8 percent of the older people’s population.

Figure 1 and Figure 2 show that in comparison with non-Māori, Māori constitute a very youthful population. In 2006, 13.5 percent of Māori males were aged 50+ years (Figure 1) compared with 30.3 percent of non-Māori males (Figure 2). Similarly, 14.4 percent of Māori females were aged 50+ years, whereas 32.2 percent of non-Māori females were in this older age group.

How to interpret results – tables

Table 2: Census population, Māori and non-Māori, by age group and gender, 2006
  Māori non-Māori
Age group (years) Males Females Total Males Females Total
0–14 102,648 97,278 199,926 341,382 326,271 667,650
15–24 49,368 51,936 101,304 238,155 231,714 469,872
25–49 85,806 99,534 185,343 599,250 643,089 1,242,333
50–64 26,559 29,076 55,638 301,308 308,970 610,284
65+ 10,479 12,654 23,127 210,663 261,810 472,479
Total 274,860 290,469 565,326 1,690,761 1,771,857 3,462,621

Note: Due to rounding, individual figures in this table do not sum to give the stated totals and may differ slightly from other published figures.

Source: 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, Statistics New Zealand

Figure 1: Age distribution of the Māori population, by gender, 2006

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Graph showing age distribution of the Māori population by gender.

Source: 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, Statistics New Zealand

Figure 2: Age distribution of the non-Māori population, by gender, 2006

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Graph showing the age distribution of the non-Māori population by gender.

Source: 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, Statistics New Zealand

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