May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Gisborne home to highest proportion of te reo Maori speakers

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Results from the 2013 Census show Gisborne is the home of te reo Maori speakers in Aotearoa, with nearly 1 in 6 people able to hold a conversation in the language.

arohatiaThe information was released as part of the latest batch of census results from Statistics New Zealand.

In releasing the results, Government Statistician Liz MacPherson said Gisborne has the highest proportion of te reo Maori speakers of any region, with 15.6 percent of people who live there able to have a conversation in Mori.

“Gisborne also recorded the highest percentage of Maori among its population. There were 48.9 percent of people living in Gisborne who identified themselves as Maori.

“The results also show that New Zealanders have a lower rate of home ownership than in 2006, yet the number of dwellings has increased, and that trend is reflected in Gisborne,” Ms MacPherson said.

“The Gisborne regions rate of home ownership was 59.2 percent in 2013, which is the lowest in New Zealand. However, the number of occupied dwellings in the region has increased by 417 since the last census in 2006.”

Other key points about Gisborne from the 2013 Census results include:

The median income for people aged 15 years and over in the Gisborne region in 2013 is $24,400, compared with the New Zealand median income of $28,500. The median income in the region has increased 18.4 percent since 2006.

The proportion of people in Gisborne who said they had a university degree or equivalent rose from 9.1 percent in the 2006 Census to 12.7 percent in 2013.

Of all the regions, Gisborne had the lowest level of Internet access at home, at 63.3 percent, while the national percentage is 76.8 percent.

Ms MacPherson said the census is about identity and diversity. “The information released today includes specific information for Maori that will provide useful data for iwi and hapu throughout New Zealand,” she said. “Its the kind of information keenly awaited by those planning for Gisbornes future.”

For further information about the 2013 Census results please visit

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