"TOWN AS MARAE" IRREGULAR WORK HABITS Behind a statement made in the Supreme Court this week that young Maoris in the Pukekohe district were reported by the local probation officer to be uncontrollable, and he did not recommend probation for two youthful Maori offenders from that area, was a report indicating the need for immediate steps to improve the habits, environment and prospects of the Pukekohe Maoris. The officer said the Maoris generally live under circumstances that must lead to a downward tendency among the youth. According to him they live in separate houses, contrary to tribal custom, or hovels, and are under no form of supervision. As a result they go into the borough of Pukekohe to see one another when off work, and for the time being .turn the borough into their marae (community place). There is constant work for them in the market gardens at good money, but it is at a rate of 2/6 an hour and upwards, so that it is immaterial when they start or stop work, and the younger Maoris, attracted by the glamour of the town, constantly leave work in the fields and "duck" into town in their working clothes. When it happens that they have been engaged in mixing fertiliser and manure, just before their town trip the odour of their presence in crowded bars and picture shows is objectionable. For this reason they are made to sit in the front rows of the picture theatre. Children come into the town on Friday and Saturday nights with their parents, and roam the streets until their parents are ready to .go home. Incidentally, most of the parties will not walk a step, and spend their money in conveyances such as taxis -to take them in and out.
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PUKEKOHE MAORIS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945
PUKEKOHE MAORIS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945
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