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Derived from the Census questions:

'Do you smoke cigarettes regularly (that is, one or more a day)?', and 'Have you ever been a regular smoker of one or more cigarettes a day?'

Te Waipounamu
Cigarette smoking

Smoking is the major cause of preventable disease in New Zealand. Data on smoking prevalence is used by those working in the health sector to:

  • monitor changes in smoking prevalence ;
  • understand the profile of smokers, to better target future health education programmes to at-risk groups;
  • evaluate the success of health education programmes; and
  • examine the inter-relationships between smoking and other socio-economic variables and how these change over time.

This data is for the population over 15 years of age.

Smoking behaviour
Te Waipounamu - Rohe20132006Change
Smoking statusNumber of Māori within rohe% of Māori within roheNew Zealand Māori population %Number of Māori within rohe% of Māori within roheNew Zealand Māori population %2006 to 2013
Regular smoker16,03827.829.318,59135.737.6-2,553
Ex-smoker13,14922.822.510,29619.818.9+2,853
Never smoked regularly26,39145.744.020,99140.338.7+5,400
Not elsewhere included2,1423.74.22,1754.24.7-33

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013.

Smoking behavior, 2013
Smoking behavior, 2013 Not elsewhere included, New Zealand Māori population: 4.2% Never smoked regularly, New Zealand Māori population: 44.0% Ex-smoker, New Zealand Māori population: 22.5% Regular smoker, New Zealand Māori population: 29.3% Not elsewhere included, Rohe - Te Waipounamu Māori population: 3.7% Never smoked regularly, Rohe - Te Waipounamu Māori population: 45.7% Ex-smoker, Rohe - Te Waipounamu Māori population: 22.8% Regular smoker, Rohe - Te Waipounamu Māori population: 27.8%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013.
Change in smoking behaviour, 2006 to 2013
Change in smoking behaviour, 2006 to 2013 Total aged 15+, Rohe - Te Waipounamu: +5,667 Not elsewhere included, Rohe - Te Waipounamu: -33 Never smoked regularly, Rohe - Te Waipounamu: +5,400 Ex-smoker, Rohe - Te Waipounamu: +2,853 Regular smoker, Rohe - Te Waipounamu: -2,553
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013.

Dominant groups

The major differences between the smoking behaviour of the Māori population in Te Waipounamu Rohe and the New Zealand Māori population were:

  • A larger percentage of people who nominated Never smoked regularly (45.7% compared to 44.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people who nominated Regular smoker (27.8% compared to 29.3%)