Story: Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce

Māori women handling fleeces (2nd of 2)

Māori women handling fleeces

Māori women handle the shorn fleeces on the table in a shearing shed, in 1949. Māori men and women worked side by side in shearing sheds, and some of the earliest shearing gangs were entirely Māori.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Free Lance Collection (PAColl-0785)
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Basil Keane, 'Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce - The rural workforce', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 June 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010