Story: Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce

Working in a munitions factory

Working in a munitions factory

Two young women take a meal break during their shift at a munitions factory in Hamilton, during the Second World War. In wartime young Māori were 'manpowered' into essential industries. They, and others like them, became the first in a wave of Māori shifting from rural to urban environments.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
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Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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Basil Keane, 'Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce - Urbanisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 April 2020)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010