Story: Weekends

Drapery at the co-operative store, Rūnanga, 1940s

Drapery at the co-operative store, Rūnanga, 1940s

This is the busy drapery section of the co-operative store in Rūnanga, on the West Coast, in the 1940s. Until 1945 Saturday was one of the busiest shopping days throughout New Zealand, with shop assistants often working long hours. From the mid-1930s unions campaigned for a five-day week for shop assistants.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives New Zealand: National Publicity Studios Collection
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Photograph by Edward Percival Christensen

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Peter Clayworth, 'Weekends - The great Kiwi weekend', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013