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Māori family in front of their state house, 2008 (2nd of 2)

Māori family in front of their state house, 2008

Pani Taiapa and her two children, Brodie and Anita, pose by the fence of their state house at Waterview, Auckland. Māori families undoubtedly had a higher household income in the early 2000s than similar families a century before. They also probably received a better education and had more comfortable housing conditions. But not all was perfect for this family – they had just been told that they were to be relocated because their house was in the route of a new motorway extension. A question remained as to whether despite their comparative economic wealth, Māori were ‘better off’ and happier than families a hundred years earlier, and how far they retained their culture and identity.

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Economy in the early 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010