māori health

Events In History


The 1918 influenza pandemic

  • The 1918 influenza pandemic

    The lethal influenza pandemic that struck New Zealand between October and December 1918 killed about 9000 people in two months. No other event has claimed so many New Zealand lives in such a short time.

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  • Page 2 – The pandemic begins abroad

    The 1918 influenza pandemic was commonly referred to as ‘the Spanish flu’, but it did not originate in Spain.

  • Page 4 – Uneven rates of death

    No other event has killed so many New Zealanders in so short a space of time. While the First World War claimed the lives of more than 18,000 New Zealand soldiers over four

  • Page 5 – Response to the influenza pandemic

    There was a degree of consistency in New Zealand's response to the influenza pandemic, thanks to a telegram the Health Minister, George Russell, issued to all borough councils

  • Page 6 – Māori and the flu, 1918–19

    Historian Geoffrey Rice suggests that higher death rates among Māori (more than eight times those for Pākehā) may have resulted from lower immunity due to their isolation

  • Page 7 – Aftermath

    Robert MakgillFollowing the pandemic, speculation about the Niagara's role in bringing the virus to New Zealand continued.

  • Page 9 – South Island influenza death rates

    Death rates in South Island towns and counties from the influenza pandemic

Life in the 20th century

The Treaty in practice

  • The Treaty in practice

    Amalgamating Māori into colonial settler society was a key part of British policy in New Zealand after 1840. Economic and social change, along with land-purchase programmes, were central to this process.

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  • Page 4 - Shared issues and approachesProspects for Māori looked bleak at the beginning of the 20th century. A shared sense of grievance emerged, and new leaders paved the way for new approaches to the


  • Buck, Peter Henry

    Biography of doctor, politician and anthropologist Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hīroa)

  • Pōmare, Māui Wiremu Piti Naera

    Māui Pōmare was the first Māori doctor. As Māori Medical Officer, toured Māori districts in this role, advising people about public health. Pōmare became a member of Parliament in 1911, and minister of health in the 1920s.

  • Hunn, Jack Kent

    Jack Hunn commissioned a series of wide-ranging studies on Māori population, housing, education, employment, health, crime and land titles.