Story: Ngā tāone nui – Māori and the city

Māori men's hostel in Parnell

Māori men's hostel in Parnell

In the foreground of this 1864 image is a Māori men's hostel at Parnell and Mechanics Bay. In the 19th century and through to the mid-20th century it was rare for Māori to live in the city. There were historically hostels at which Māori could stay in the city.

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Aroha Harris, 'Ngā tāone nui – Māori and the city - The city and education', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Aroha Harris, published 11 Mar 2010