This web feature was written by Ben Schrader and produced by the NZHistory.net.nz 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
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.
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.