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Complaints About Work

Reverting to complaints about the : unsteadiness of the Maori workers the' officer instanced a habit among some of arranging for a market gardener to employ them and, once in ( this man's shack, of taking work from someone else whilst still living in the first man's shack and leaving his crops sometimes to rot in the fields. The officer cited the instance • of an Indian market gardener who resorted to the payment of 4/3 an hour for Sunday work, with 20 gallons of beer thrown in. Maoris flocked to get the big wages and beer. On the following Monday mornings the Maoris, satisfied with the big money and beer, would fall to turn up for their ordinary employers, who in turn complained to the police that their Maoris were being supplied with beer and were working on Sundays, As to drinking, it was stated that after hard work in the fields the Maoris could drink a lot of beer without showing ill effects, and they declared that until they had had twelve to fifteen handles they were "not comfortable/' He had observed cases where young Maoris were asked their age in hotels and their fathers answered that they were 21. Some parents thus gave little help in the rehabilitation or improvement of the juniors. There had been some slight improvement in conditions within the last two years, during which Government huts had been erected on some growers' farms for the use of Workers; but as the general habits and Conditions he remarked on had been prevalent for the past 25 years he felt that probation for young offenders who had to live in such surroundings would be futile as a means of rehabilitation.

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Complaints About Work, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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Complaints About Work Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945