Story: Ethnic inequalities

Māori housing, about 1937

Māori housing, about 1937

These two photographs of Māori houses were collected for the Labour Party around 1937. The top image was in an envelope entitled 'Poorest houses I could find', and the bottom image was in an envelope labelled 'Average Maori home'. Together they provide an indication of the poor quality of Māori housing in rural areas in the 1930s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Labour Party Papers
Reference: MS-Papers-0270-027-02 (top); MS-Papers_0270-027-01 (bottom)

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How to cite this page:

David Pearson, 'Ethnic inequalities - European majority, Māori minority: 1840–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2022)

Story by David Pearson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 21 May 2018