Hauora Māori


Physical activity has been shown to be protective against health conditions such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. It also helps to lower blood pressure, reduce weight gain and can contribute to personal growth and development. In comparison to the total population Māori are more physically active.

In 2006/07, more than half (53 percent) of Māori adults met the definition of being regularly physically active2. This is higher than the 51 percent of the total population who were regularly physically active at the time.

Graph 3: Proportion regularly physically active, 2006/07

Bar chart showing percentage of regular physically active Māori vs Total Population

Source: Ministry of Health (2008). Ministry of Health: 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. Note: Age-standardised prevalence for total adults.


2 It is recommended that adults undertake at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (i.e. brisk walking) on 5 or more days of the week.

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