Ethnic residential segregation across an urban system

The Maori in New Zealand, 1991–2001

Ron Johnston*, Michael Poulsen, James Forrest

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In New Zealand there are substantial variations across the urban system in the degree of residential segregation of those claiming Maori ethnicity. Analyses of those variations, using measures particularly relevant to comparative study, show that Maori segregation was greatest in both 1991 and 2001 in larger urban areas and, especially, in those with relatively large Maori populations. A major deviation from this general pattern was in Auckland; further analysis suggests that this was because of considerable sharing of residential space involving Maori and Pacific Islanders. If the total population claiming a Polynesian identity is studied, the relationships between segregation and both size and Polynesian population share are clarified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-129
Number of pages15
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2005

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