Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Māori Affairs state house

Māori Affairs state house

Young Māori and Pākehā children pose outside a brand-new Māori Affairs state house in the South Auckland suburb of Takanini in the 1970s. Until this period, the Department of Maori Affairs provided state houses to Māori in areas mainly occupied by Europeans – a policy known as 'pepper potting', which aimed to integrate Māori into Pākehā culture. However in the 1970s this policy ended and entire neighbourhoods of Māori-occupied state houses were built.

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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Māori urban migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2017)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011