Story: Tourist industry

Diving for pennies

Diving for pennies

Māori children sit in hot pools at Whakarewarewa in the late 1800s, ready to dive for coins thrown into the pools by tourists. It is now not recommended to submerge the face in thermal pools due to the risk of amoebic meningitis. Eight fatal cases occurred in the Waikato area between 1968 and 1978, and one in the Rotorua area in 2000.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Margaret McClure, 'Tourist industry - Māori entrepreneurs in Rotorua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23171/diving-for-pennies (accessed 19 September 2019)

Story by Margaret McClure, published 11 Mar 2010