Story: Housing and government

Moving in to the first state house

As a way of publicising the opening of the first state in Miramar on 18 September 1937, members of the Labour government cabinet helped to carry in the tenants' furniture. This clip from a government film captures the moment. It also shows the Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage moving back down the front path through an admiring crowd before ending with a view of the first tenants, John and Mary McGregor and their two children (also John and Mary), posing in front of their new home.

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing and government - State loans and state houses', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012