Story: Te hauora Māori i mua – history of Māori health

Dental health poster, 1950s (2nd of 2)

Dental health poster, 1950s

This Department of Health poster promotes the importance of dental health. Three Māori children stand in front of a wharenui (meeting house) brushing their teeth, emphasising that the message is aimed at Māori. The phrase over the doorway of the house, ‘Kia u ki te pai’, means do the right thing.

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Reference: Eph-C-DENTAL-HEALTH-1950s-01

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Raeburn Lange, 'Te hauora Māori i mua – history of Māori health - Changing health, 1945 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Raeburn Lange, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018