Story: Urban Māori

State houses, Porirua

State houses, Porirua

Photographed in the 1960s, these state houses in Porirua, near Wellington, have the utilitarian architecture and barren surroundings characteristic of such developments. Some state housing areas in suburbs like Porirua were occupied almost entirely by Māori urban migrants and became in effect Māori communities.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Duncan Winder Collection (PA-Group-00395)
Reference: DW-1586;F
Photograph by Duncan Winder

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How to cite this page:

Paul Meredith, 'Urban Māori - Hopes and reality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/3600/state-houses-porirua (accessed 21 May 2019)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 17 Feb 2015