Story: Ngā uniana – Māori and the union movement

Ocean Beach union officials

Ocean Beach union officials

Tony Taurima and Colin Manson, union officials at the Ocean Beach freezing works in Southland, look thoughtful before a shed meeting in 1984. There was a large number of Māori workers at the plant, as the management had filled labour shortages with Māori workers from Northland and the East Coast in the 1960s and 1970s.

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

Story by Cybèle Locke, published 11 Mar 2010