Māori have lived in the Wellington Region since the time of Māui, Kupe, and Whātonga – and about 60,000 live in the Region today – constituting 12 per cent of the Region’s population.
The Māori population is very young (58% under 30 years of age compared to 38% of non – Māori) with the large Māori proportion of under 30 year olds projected to rise over the next 20 years.
Wellington has a high proportion of highly skilled jobs, when compared to the rest of New Zealand:
of jobs compared
nationally, and just
of Māori in the Wellington region.
of jobs are knowledge intensive, compared to
of jobs are highly skilled, compared to
This is reflected in the high level of qualifications held by people living in the Wellington Region – with 28% of non – Māori holding a Bachelor degree or higher compared to just 14% of Māori (higher than the national Māori rate of 11%, and concentrated in Wellington City).
The young age of Māori in the region, coupled with the low skill levels, presents a challenge and an opportunity to lift the level of educational attainment amongst Māori in the Region so they can actively participate in the large number of highly skilled jobs available in the region.
of Māori in the region own their home
Mean income for Māori was
for all residents in the region
These two statistics combine to provide a challenging situation for economic prosperity amongst Māori in the Wellington Region.
Just 10% of Māori in the region are self employed
Just 16% of Māori in the region affiliate to the six mana whenua iwi and 33 marae in the region
Four of the six iwi have settled with collective assets of $300 million – mostly invested in property.