Author(s): Robert Bartholomew
There was a time when Maori were barred from public toilets, segregated at the cinema & swimming pools, refused alcohol, haircuts & taxi rides, forced to stand for white bus passengers and not allowed to attend school with other students. It happened in the South Auckland town of Pukekohe. Using records from the National Archives and first hand interviews, No Maori Allowed looks at what happened in Pukekohe and the extent of racial intolerance across the country at this time.In Hamilton, stores refused to let them try on pants, on Karangahape Road in Auckland, shop signs read No Credit for Maori. Councils jacked up prices for state houses to keep them out of white neighbourhoods, hospitals had segregated maternity wards and gave them less expensive cutlery, and banks and shops held official policies of not hiring coloureds.