Story: Population change

Immunisation against tuberculosis, 1950

Immunisation against tuberculosis, 1950

Tuberculosis (TB) was a major cause of death for Māori until the second half of the 20th century. Immunisation programmes, first started in the 1930s, had a positive impact after the Second World War as more and more Māori were immunised against this disease. By the early 1960s TB was no longer a significant cause of death in the Māori population. These children – all of whose parents suffered from TB – are being immunised in 1950.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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Ian Pool and Natalie Jackson, 'Population change - Māori population change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 October 2021)

Story by Ian Pool and Natalie Jackson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 23 Aug 2018 with assistance from Natalie Jackson