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Results - data and trends

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Pyramid graphs of the general and Maori population in the Waikato region, 2013

The Census data were collected on April 3, 1991, March 5, 1996, March 6, 2001, March 7, 2006 and March 6, 2013.

This indicator assumes residents aged from 15 to 59 years work and provide support services for the rest of the community. Other residents are assumed to be too young (youthful) or too old (ageing) to work and are ‘dependent’ on the working age population.

The number of ‘dependent’ people and whether they are youthful or ageing, determines the services and resources that the working age population needs to provide. These are described as ‘dependency ratios’ for the Waikato region.

The table below shows the dependency ratios per 100 people aged 15-59 years.

These ratios indicate that:

  • in the general population, older people make up more than half of all dependent people
  • in the Maori population, most dependents are young people, older people comprise only one-fifth of the dependent people.
Type of ‘dependent’ General population
(per 100 people aged 15-60)  
Maori population
(per 100 people aged 15-60)  
Youthful (14 years and younger)   37 60
Ageing (60 years and older) 35 15
Total 'dependent' 72 75


We can see from the graph and table that the composition of our region’s population is changing. In the future, Maori will make up an increasing% of the general population because there is a higher proportion of young people in the Maori population.