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The first of the thousands of homes built under Labour's massive state housing programme was in Strathmore, Wellington.
This web feature was written by Ben Schrader and produced by the team.LinksMichael Joseph Savage biography (Dictionary of New Zealand Biography)Fletcher Construction's photographic archive contains many interesting images spanning the company's long association with the construction of state housing in New Zealand.Christchurch City Library's brief history of state housing in CanterburyGordon Wilson biography (Dictionary of New Zealand Biography)Gordon Wilson biography (1966 Encyclopedia)Te Ao Hou articles on maori housing and the governmentBooksBen Schrader, We Call it Home: A
Film showing family just moved to the Hutt Valley.
Most of the Labour Cabinet helped the McGregor family move into 12 Fife Lane in Miramar, Wellington. The government's aim was to rid New Zealand of sub-standard housing by building 5000 new homes a year.
To tackle the housing crisis in the late 1930s the Labour government created the Department of Housing Construction. With the help of Fletcher Construction, 3445 state houses were constructed in three years.
New Zealand's first state house was formally opened on 18 September 1937. But the government has provided rental housing for New Zealanders for more than a century. Explore the history of this country's various state housing schemes and their contribution to the New Zealand way of life.
Community has many different meanings. People might live in a particular community, but have little contact with their neighbours, preferring instead to pursue their social life elsewhere. Others in the same street might be best friends and spend hours chewing the fat over a back fence.
Hear a debate on the Kim Hill show about National's market rent policy.
The government architect describes State House plans.
If you hadn't the deposit you couldn't buy, you couldn't build, you had to rent. Rents were high and houses were short – you took what you could get.
Self-contained communities are being built on the outskirts of our cities. This project at Trentham is designed so that the houses will surround a park.
Having to move to a house where there are no steps is quite a common occurrence in Wellington when children arrive. This time it's a shift to a new state house...
'And here are the forms of future cities, tall white buildings rising out of the past, out of the drab of our old, unplanned cities...'
Virtually indistinguishable from private dwellings built in the early 20th century, these two-storey semi-detached houses in Coromandel Street, Newtown, Wellington, were constructed as part of the Liberal government's workers' dwellings scheme.
The state houses of the 1930s and 40s remain a distinctive feature of most towns and cities, immediately recognisable by their cottage-style windows and hipped, tiled roofs
For a short time, the state experimented with high-rise flats for the single and elderly.
During the 1950s and '60s governments tried to reduce the cost of state housing by building more multi-unit dwellings and using cheaper materials, such as fibrolite
Children at the gate of one of the first workers' dwellings, 13 Patrick Street, Petone.
Railway houses in Tarikaka Street, Ngaio, Wellington, in the 1980s
A house built for a Māori farmer in Reureu (Whanganui District), financed from a state loan advanced for Maori land development in the 1930s