Story: Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society

Labourers: road workers (1st of 4)

Labourers: road workers

This Māori roading camp was photographed on Waikaremoana Road, Te Whāiti district, in the 1890s. As tribes lost more land at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th century, Māori people were increasingly pushed into labouring work.

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Basil Keane, 'Tūranga i te hapori – status in Māori society - Changes in leadership, 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011