Story: Housing and government

Māori hostel

Māori hostel

Pākehā prejudice meant Māori had difficulty finding accommodation while visiting towns and cities. Governments sought to overcome this problem by building 'native hostelries' in main centres where visiting Māori could stay for free, as long as they obeyed hostel rules. This is the Auckland hostel (right) in Mechanics Bay, about 1860. The building featured a covered area at the front where visiting Māori traders could display produce and wares. Waka (Māori canoes) are beached in the foreground.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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Photograph by James D. Richardson

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Ben Schrader, 'Housing and government - Immigration barracks to workers’ dwellings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 20 Jun 2012