Story: Ngā uniana – Māori and the union movement

Māori women workers

Māori women workers

Women hunch over their sewing machines at dressmaking factory California Products in Rotorua, in 1949. Three-quarters of the company’s employees were Māori at the time. By 1966 Māori women were 38% of New Zealand’s production workers (mainly clothing and textile workers) and were well represented in the relevant unions.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, National Publicity Studios Collection
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Cybèle Locke, 'Ngā uniana – Māori and the union movement - Māori women and unions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Cybèle Locke, published 11 Mar 2010