Rachel Buchanan; 20/6/08
…One in seven Maori (at least 110,000 people) now live in Australia and the number is rising. In 1966, it was one in 50; in 1986, one in 16. “It is apparent that Maori society has, to some extent, an Australian future,” wrote historian Paul Hamer in a report published late last year by Te Puni Kokiri (New Zealand’s Ministry of Maori Development) and Griffith University. Maori in Australia – known sometimes as “Maussies” – are part of New Zealand’s massive diaspora. Half a million New Zealanders live outside their country. In 2006-07, 40,000 New Zealanders moved to Australia as permanent or long-term migrants. For the first time, Kiwis overtook Brits as this country’s largest migrant group.