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State housing

State housing

After 1935 the first Labour government began a massive programme of building houses for ordinary New Zealand families. Large numbers of ‘state houses’ were built in the years after the Second World War. Although this was driven by great ideals, some of the extensive tracts of state houses, like this one in East Porirua, deteriorated into areas of deprivation and overcrowding.

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John Wilson, 'Society - Families and households', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

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