20 June 2014
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.
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
- 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.