5 February 2013
2013 Census Key Messages for Maori
- The census is on Tuesday, 5 March. Everyone, including babies and children, must fill in a form or have one filled in for them. Mā tātou
- Census information is used by iwi, councils, businesses and government to make decisions on issues that affect us all.
- The census is the best source of population information available for and about Māori and iwi because it includes everyone in the country.
- Your personal information is confidential and protected by law and will not be shared with any other government agency.
- Māori are counted in two ways in the census: through ethnicity and through descent. Māori ethnicity and Māori descent are different concepts – the former refers to cultural affiliation, while the latter is about ancestry.
- In 2006, there were 643,977 people who were of Māori descent. Māori descent information is used in conjunction with electoral registration data to calculate the Māori electoral population and determine the number of Māori electorates.
How census information is used
- Your iwi, whānau and children benefit from the census. Information from the census helps decide funding for our children’s health services and schools, Māori arts and culture centres, te reo Māori services, and services to local communities and recreational facilities. It also informs decisions on collective resources and land.
- It is important that all Māori participate by filling in their census forms. By participating, your needs and those of your whānau and iwi can be considered when important decisions are made.
- Census provides iwi with information about their membership, such as where they are located around the country, that can be used in planning and decision-making that benefits their people.
- Responses to the Māori descent question (question 14 on the individual form) are used in conjunction with electoral registration data to calculate the Māori electoral population and determine the number of Māori electorates.
- Responses to the iwi affiliation question (question 15 on the individual form) are used to produce iwi population counts and other information about iwi, including the Census Iwi Profiles.
Information about the census forms
- You must mark 'yes' to the Māori descent question (question 14 on the individual form) to answer the iwi affiliation question.
- You can write up to five iwi or hapū responses to the iwi affiliation question (question 15 on the individual form). There is a list of iwi on the census questionnaires and guide notes. The list is a guide only - all responses will be counted.
- It is important to write in the iwi rohe as well as the iwi name so your response will be coded accurately.
- You can fill in your census forms online or on paper, in English or Māori. If you fill in your forms online, a collector may not have to come back.
- After the census
- In June 2013 Statistics NZ will run Te Kupenga: a survey of Māori well-being. The census will be used to select 5000 people of Māori descent and/or ethnicity 15 years and over to participate in Te Kupenga.
- In 2013 people of Māori descent 18 years and over will be given the choice of which electoral roll they want to be on.