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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. Links Michael 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. Housing New Zealand's housing strategy Christchurch City Library's brief history of state housing in Canterbury Gordon Wilson biography (Dictionary of New Zealand Biography) Gordon Wilson biography (1966 Encyclopedia)
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.
A group of under-fives hold an animated meeting in Jutland Street, Waterloo, c. 1945. Note the woman (possibly a mother of one or more of the children) watching the 'performance' through the window of the flat-roofed house.
This National Party poster from 1938 plays on the fear that Labour had a secret agenda to nationalise private homes
Hear a debate on the Kim Hill show about National's market rent policy.
The National government introduced full market rents in 1991 to reduce the state role in housing provision. From the start, public debate over state housing policy in New Zealand has centred on this very issue: how far should governments intervene in the housing market.
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.
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 Maori farmer in Reureu (Wanganui District), financed from a state loan advanced for Maori land development in the 1930s
In this plan for the Maori housing settlement at Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt (c. 1947), houses are clustered around a marae, with the Waiwhetu Stream in the foreground. The complex subsequently built closely resembled this plan.
One of Housing New Zealand's recent developments is this $9.9 million, 51-unit apartment complex in Hillsborough Road, Lynfield, Auckland. Designed mainly for older tenants, it was opened in March 2003.
A row of single-unit and semi-detached state houses in Hayes Paddock, Hamilton.