Story: Thermal pools and spas

Racially segregated bathing

Racially segregated bathing

In the later 19th century many Pākehā objected to sharing hot pools with Māori, and separate bathing facilities were established at some springs. Māori also developed separate facilities to ensure they still had access to the waters. This was the case at Ngāwhā Springs in Northland, where in 1927 Māori acquired an acre of land for their own use, building open-air baths and some shelters. This photograph, taken in the 1950s, shows a dividing fence, with the Māori baths on the right-hand side.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Free Lance Collection (PAColl-0785)
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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Thermal pools and spas - A valued resource', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006