Story: Population change

Shoe-factory staff, Wellington, 1930s

Urbanisation in New Zealand was influenced by labour-force distribution. Pākehā workers were increasingly employed in the urban-based secondary (manufacturing) and tertiary (service) sectors. These were larger than the rural-based primary (farming, forestry and mining) sector in employment terms by the 1920s. These people worked for shoe manufacturer R. Hannah and Co. in Wellington in the 1930s.

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Ian Pool and Natalie Jackson, 'Population change - Pākehā geographic distribution and labour force', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 February 2024)

Story by Ian Pool and Natalie Jackson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 23 Aug 2018 with assistance from Natalie Jackson