Story: City children and youth

Playing on the street

Playing on the street

Māori children play on a street in Ponsonby, Auckland, in 1971. Due to its old and relatively cheap rental housing, Ponsonby attracted urbanising Māori (after 1950) and Pacific Island (after 1960) communities. The rest of Auckland was predominantly European. The ‘Ponsonby Panthers’ – a Māori and Polynesian street gang – were based in the suburb during the 1970s. The area was later gentrified and became an up-market enclave.

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'City children and youth - Diversity and conflict', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010