After 1945, rural Māori were drawn to cities by jobs and urban life. On arrival many faced racial discrimination. Noel Hilliard’s 1960 novel Maori girl portrayed the prejudice a young Māori woman experienced after moving from a village to Wellington. The book sparked controversy, as it challenged the notion that New Zealand was a tolerant society.
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Reference: Noel Hilliard, Maori girl. London: Heinemann, 1960
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