Story: Māori housing – te noho whare

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Māui Pōmare

The first Māori doctor, Māui Pōmare, stands outside a traditionally built whare erected to house Māori performers for the 1901 royal visit. In the same year Pōmare was appointed as the first native health officer. He and other officers were instrumental in improving conditions in kāinga (villages) by ordering the demolition and rebuilding of unhealthy housing.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, W. A. Collis Collection
Reference: 1/1-012109-G
Photograph by W. A. Collis

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Māori housing – te noho whare - Whare and health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013