Although Māori became British subjects on the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, and therefore subsequently New Zealand citizens, they did not always enjoy the rights and privileges to which they were entitled. The table shows the smaller relief payments made to Māori compared to Pākehā under a government scheme during the depression of the 1930s. The justification was that Māori could provide for themselves from their subsistence land holdings.
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Source: Claudia Orange, ‘A kind of equality: labour and the Māori people 1935–1949.’ MA thesis, University of Auckland, 1977, p. 63