Physical activity

Indicator Māori Non-Māori
Males Females Total Males Females Total
Table 16: Physical activity indicators, by gender, Māori and non-Māori, 2013/14 [1]
Regular physical activity (self‑reported), 15+ years, percent, 2013/14 57.7
(53.7–61.5)
45.2
(41.4–49.0)
51.1
(48.3–53.9)
55.1
(52.5–57.6)
48.7
(45.7–51.8)
51.9
(49.5–54.2)

Māori and non-Māori adults, regardless of gender, reported similar levels of physical activity in the 2013/14 New Zealand Health Survey (RR 0.96, CI 0.91–1.02).

In 2013/14, Sport New Zealand ran its fifth national Active New Zealand Survey, which provided new benchmarks for monitoring physical activity.

Sport New Zealand’s physical activity guidelines state that adults should participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most (at least 5), if not all, days of the week. This is referred to as the 30 x 5 recommendation.

Results from the 2013/14 Active New Zealand Survey showed that 38.5% of Māori met the 30 x 5 recommendation, compared with 34.7% of the total New Zealand population. For further information, see the Sport New Zealand website.


1. Notes:

  • Figures are age-standardised to the total Māori population as recorded in the 2001 Census.
  • Prioritised ethnicity has been used – see Ngā tapuae me ngā raraunga: Methods and data sources for further information.
  • ‘Regular physical activity’ is defined as at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day on 5 or more days of the week.

Source: 2013/14 New Zealand Health Survey, Ministry of Health

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