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In addition, more than 140,000 Māori live in Australia.
It is now known as Te Puni Kōkiri, or the Ministry for Māori Development.
In the 2013 census, there were approximately 600,000 people in New Zealand identifying as Māori, making up roughly 15% of the national population.
They are the second-largest ethnic group in New Zealand, after European New Zealanders ("Pākehā").
In 1947, the authorities determined that a man who was five-eighths Māori had improperly voted in the general parliamentary electorate of Raglan.
The Maori Affairs Amendment Act 1974 changed the definition, allowing individuals to self-identify as to their cultural identity.
Over several centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture that became known as "Māori", with their own language, a rich mythology, distinctive crafts and performing arts.