Young Māori meter maids (who collect money from parking meters) pose in Māori costume in Rotorua in 1966. The availability of air travel in the 1960s saw a new influx of international tourists to New Zealand. The Rotorua City Council tried to capitalise on the new visitors by outfitting its meter maids in Māori dress. This well-meaning but artificial scheme caused some controversy amongst the local community.
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