Story: Urban Māori

War industry workers

War industry workers

During the Second World War, young Māori not eligible for military service were ‘manpowered’ into industries supporting the war effort. As a result many were required to move to urban areas. The young women pictured are taking a meal break during their shift at a munitions factory in Hamilton.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
Reference: 1/4-000865; F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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Paul Meredith, 'Urban Māori - Urbanisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2021)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 17 Feb 2015