Number of full-blooded Maori living in New Zealand

Nigel Gray made this Official Information request to Ministry for Culture and Heritage

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From: Nigel Gray

Dear Ministry for Culture and Heritage,
Can you please inform me of if there are any full-blooded Maori left in New Zealand, how many, and according to what genealogy records? Also, if not, what percentage is the greatest percentage of "purity" or least mix of race and most Maori?
If there are no full-blooded (by which I mean a genealogy line that shows only Maori descendants and no other race in lineage) can you please tell me when the last remaining full-blooded Maori was alive and date of death?
Any records along with this information verifying it would also be appreciated.
Thank you,

Yours faithfully,
Nigel Gray

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From: Emily Burden
Ministry for Culture and Heritage

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Dear Mr Gray


Please find attached response to your recent OIA request to the Ministry
for Culture and Heritage.


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Riki Patrick (Rewita) left an annotation ()

Births Deaths Marriages
My father's Birth cert states that he is recognised as Maori of Full blood. Born tolaga bay east coast at which is now a golf course, 60 years ago. He and his brother Matu Patrick still reside in tolaga bay today.

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Maario left an annotation ()

Kia Ora,
My name is Maario Patrick-Taituha. I am able to assist you with your enquiries. F.B.M. Certificate.

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Gary Black left an annotation ()

In 1968 (January/February) there was report on TV that claimed there were only 28 full blood Maori living in New Zealand. It further stated they were all in their late 80's to early 90's. Maybe a search of TVNZ archives could rediscover this news item and where their information was derived from. Today a DNA sample would be a help to prove if a person claimed to be of full blood Maori.

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