Story: Daily life in Māori communities – te noho a te hapori

Māori girls' hostel, 1954

 Māori girls' hostel, 1954

Atareta Rennie plays the piano while fellow boarders work on handcrafts at the Pendennis Maori Girls' Hostel in Thorndon, Wellington, in 1954. This historic homestead housed several generations of young Māori women, and aimed to smooth their adjustment from a rural to an urban way of life. One former resident remembered that on her first night at Pendennis a kaumātua (Māori elder) gave them 'a whole lot of information and some talk about how we should take care of ourselves ... all those things that country girls don't know ... there are certain areas where you don't go in the cities.'

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tourist and Publicity Department Collection
Reference: 1/2-040753-F
Photograph by T. Ransfield

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Mark Derby, 'Daily life in Māori communities – te noho a te hapori - Daily life in modern Māori communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40904/maori-girls-hostel-1954 (accessed 24 September 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013