During the economic depression in the 1930s, and throughout the 1940s, young single Cook Island women such as Christine Gideon (pictured here with her great-granddaughter Rosemary and grandson Jordan) arrived under a scheme that contracted domestic staff for wealthy New Zealand families. They lived and worked in various places including Auckland, Gisborne, Hastings, Pōrangahau, Martinborough and Rotorua.
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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Photograph by Ray Pigney
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