Story: Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce

Former freezing workers learn to carve

This video shows former freezing workers learning to carve at Kohupātiki marae, near Hastings, after the Whakatū freezing works closed in 1986.  Unemployment soared in the 1980s and 1990s. Māori were a large proportion of those made redundant, as they were often concentrated in significantly affected industries such as freezing works.

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Basil Keane, 'Te rāngai mahi – Māori in the workforce - Mid-1980s–2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010