Story: Ngā uniana – Māori and the union movement

Shearers’ union rules in Māori

Shearers’ union rules in Māori

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries union rules and information were sometimes translated into Māori, as many Māori workers didn’t speak English. The cover of the Māori version of the shearers’ union rules for Australia and New Zealand reads:

The Rules
The Amalgamated Shearers’ Union of Australia and the rules for the work of this branch of New Zealand established June, 1886. Napier: This was printed at the offices of the Telegraph Newspaper, 1887.

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Cybèle Locke, 'Ngā uniana – Māori and the union movement - Māori rural workers and unions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 January 2022)

Story by Cybèle Locke, published 11 Mar 2010