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NZ housing crisis – 1935

“Housing in New Zealand” – 15 min, 32 sec

In 1935, there were more than 40,000 families in New Zealand who needed homes.

This 1946 film surveys New Zealand housing: from settler huts to Ernest Plischke’s modernist flats. Architect William Page bemoans sun-spurning Victorian slums with their unneeded “elaboration.”

Michael Savage’s pioneering (but war-stalled) state housing scheme and newly-planned suburbs offer hope. “For a home is the basis of the simple things that make victory worthwhile.”

(Thanks, Gary, for passing on the link for this historic and informative film.)