At the 2013 Census, the largest proportion of Māori lived in Manurewa Local Board area (12 per cent of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau) followed by those living in the Henderson-Massey Local Board area (12 per cent).
The socio-economic situation
Socio-economic indicators reveal that there have been some improvements for Māori.
Socio-economic indicators for Māori (by ethnicity) aged 15 years and over in Tāmaki Makaurau
Source: Stats NZ, Census of Population and Dwellings (2006 and 2013) by ethnicity and Household Labour Force Survey (December 2014 and December 2015)
Note: Data on qualifications and personal income is taken from the 2006 and 2013 Census results. Data on unemployment and NEET rate is from the HLFS for year ending December 2014 and December 2015.
However, the number of Māori in skilled occupations decreased by 6 per cent from 2014 to 2015. This was a result of the overall decline in Māori employment in the region.
There were also proportionately more Māori working in goods-producing industries and fewer in the service industries, in comparison to other ethnic groups.
The median income for Māori in 2013 ($24,500) was lower than the median income for Aucklanders as a whole ($29,600), and $12,000 less than the median income among the European ethnic group.
Despite this lower median income, Māori had the second highest proportion of adults earning $50,000 or more per annum at 22 per cent (behind European at 37 per cent), compared to other ethnic groups.
Among those of Māori descent, about 29,820 (or 27 per cent) in Tāmaki Makaurau own or partly own their place of usual residence.
Tenure, highest educational qualification and personal income, adult population (aged 15 and over) in the 10 largest iwi populations (Māori descent) living in Tāmaki Makaurau, 2013
|Ngāi Tahu/Kāi Tahu||39||26||35|
|Te Arawa (iwi not named)||22||14||22|
|Iwi total (Tāmaki Makaurau)||27||13||24|
Source: Stats NZ, Census of Population and Dwellings (2013)
How the Māori population is expected to grow
Māori play an important role in the social and economic landscape of Tāmaki Makaurau and will continue to do so.
The Māori population is increasing and will continue to grow.
Stats NZ's latest ethnic population projections (medium series) suggest the Māori population:
Projected growth in ethnic groups in Auckland, 2013 to 2038
Source: Stats NZ, Subnational ethnic population projections (released 2017)
While lower than the projected rate of growth for the Asian population (3.3 per cent per annum), the Māori population growth rate is anticipated to be higher than for European or other (0.7 per cent), and about the same rate as for Pacific people (1.9 per cent) and Tāmaki Makaurau overall (1.6 per cent).
Furthermore, the Māori population will continue to age, but will also continue to have a youthful population structure for some time. This is important in terms of an ageing Tāmaki Makaurau population.
In the post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement era, the contribution of Māori to the economy of Tāmaki Makaurau has also emerged as a significant phenomenon.
There is already evidence that iwi in Tāmaki Makaurau are building solid economies that will not only benefit whānau but will also have substantial positive consequences for the wider Tāmaki Makaurau economy.
Ryks, J., Pearson, A. L., & Waa, A. (2016). Insert - Mapping urban Māori: A population-based study of Māori heterogeneity. New Zealand Geographer. Vol 72:1, pp 28-40.
 Māori are counted in two ways in the New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings: through ethnicity (cultural affiliation) and through Māori descent (ancestry). Unless otherwise specified all data is from Stats NZ, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 by descent.