• Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand (NZ) arriving around 1,000 years ago. 0ur DNA can be traced back to China.
  • Māori is one of the three official languages of NZ.
  • 15 percent of the NZ population is Māori, and 87 percent live in the North Island.
  • New Zealand Māori has a very young population with a median age of 22.7 years (2006).
  • In 2010 the Māori economy was valued at NZ$37 billion with significant investment in farming, fishing, forestry, property, tourism, energy and infrastructure.
  • The first NZ rugby team to tour internationally was predominantly Māori and were the first to use the silver fern. Today the silver fern is a national symbol.
  • 3,600 men served in the Māori battalion in WWII - 649 died in active service, 1,712 were wounded, 237 were prisoners of war.
  • In Parliament, 17 percent or 21 of 121 MPs are Māori (2011).
  • Māori are a proud people who value family connections, their environment, their visitors, the place they are from, and doing business face-to-face.
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