Story: Cook Islanders

Christine Gideon

Christine Gideon

During the economic depression in the 1930s, and throughout the 1940s, young single Cook Island women such as Christine Gideon (pictured here with her great-granddaughter Rosemary and grandson Jordan) arrived under a scheme that contracted domestic staff for wealthy New Zealand families. They lived and worked in various places including Auckland, Gisborne, Hastings, Pōrangahau, Martinborough and Rotorua.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/0443/16a
Photograph by Ray Pigney

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Carl Walrond, 'Cook Islanders - Migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015