Story: Māori housing – te noho whare

Māori house plan

In 1954 the Department of Māori Affairs issued a number of standard plans for the construction of Māori housing. They resembled the state rental houses built for (mainly) Pākehā tenants, with modern features such as built-in wardrobes. The absence of a prescribed dining area suggests that eating, in this house at least, was to be carried out in the kitchen. 

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Māori housing – te noho whare - Whare and health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013