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State housing

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. Read the full article

Page 6 - Making ends meet

For low-paid workers and beneficiaries, making ends meet has always been a constant struggle.  Life can be even tougher for those without a home of their

This image of Martin Square in Wellington is indicative of the poor condition of much inner-city rental housing after the Second World War.

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