After the First World War Māori began to migrate from the country to the cities in search of work and a better life. Many faced discrimination from landlords and had little option other than to settle in the so-called slum districts of cities, where landlords were more open to having Māori as tenants but where the houses were often old and run-down. This shows Māori children outside a dwelling in inner-city Nelson Street, Auckland, in the late 1930s.
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