Click on the buttons above to see the changes in the ways Māori have been asked to define themselves in New Zealand's official census form. The 1916 form asked 'non-European' respondents to identify themselves by race. Māori respondents were asked to identify whether they were 'Maori' or 'Maori half-caste'. By 1976 the census form had been altered to give categories for 'full NZ Maori' and fractions of Māori ethnicity such as '1/8 Maori'. For the 2006 census, respondents were allowed to complete all questions in either English or Māori. They were asked to identify themselves as European, Māori, another ethnic group, or a combination of these.
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Source: Statistics New Zealand