The Health of Māori Adults and Children, 2011–2013

Published online: 
20 June 2014
The Health of Māori Adults and Children, 2011–2013 cover

This four-page report presents key findings on the health and wellbeing of Māori adults and children (2011–2013) and shows trends since 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey (NZHS). Pooling data from the 2011/12 and 2012/13 NZHS improves the precision of estimates for Māori due to bigger sample sizes.

Key findings

Health behaviours and risk factors

  • One in five Māori children and two in five Māori adults were obese
  • Māori adults had similar levels to non-Māori adults for being physically active (53%)
  • Two in five Māori adults smoked

Health conditions

  • Almost all (97%) Māori children were in good health, according to their parents
  • One in five Māori children and 16% of Māori adults took medication for asthma
  • The rate of diagnosed common mental disorder for Māori adults had increased since 2006/07

Access to health care

  • Two in five Māori adults and 27% of Māori children had an unmet need for primary health care in the past 12 months
  • Māori children were just as likely as non-Māori children to have visited a dental care worker in the past 12 months

For full results from the latest NZHS see the New Zealand Health Survey: Annual update of key findings 2012/13 and Regional results from the 2011-2013 New Zealand Health Survey.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    20 June 2014
  • HP number:
    5906
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2014. The Health of Māori Adults and Children, 2011–2013. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
Back to top