Story: Epidemics


Tuberculosis (TB) still presented a serious risk to public health in the mid-20th century. This clip shows a district nurse visiting a rural Māori family in 1952. The man of the house has tuberculosis, so he is staying in a special TB hut provided by the Health Department until he has recovered.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Tuberculosis and Maori People. National Film Unit, 1952.

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How to cite this page:

Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - The polio era, 1920s to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2022)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 15 May 2018