We don’t serve Maori here: A recent history of Māori racism in New Zealand
We don’t serve Maori here: A recent history of Māori racism in New Zealand – From the segregation era to Golliwogs – by Robert E. Bartholomew
This book looks at the apartheid-like segregation that occurred in New Zealand from the 1920s to the early 1960s, with a special emphasis on South Auckland.
During this period some barbers refused to cut Māori hair, taxicabs would not pick them up, a local cinema forced them to sit in nonwhite sections, some bus drivers forced them to stand for white passengers, and one school even had segregated toilets.
It is intended as an introduction to the topic in order to provide Kiwi middle and high school students with a basic understanding of what has been a neglected topic in our schools for too long. While students usually learn about the Treaty of Waitangi and early encounters with the first European settlers, more needs to be taught about recent instances of discrimination during the 20th and 21st centuries. Examples of discrimination in housing, employment and education are provided from across the country.
We also look at more recent controversies such as the continued use of Golliwog Dolls to far-fetched claims that a group of white people settled the country before Māori.
Each chapter has a list of questions and activities to further student knowledge.
Aimed at middle & high school students
About the Author:
Robert Bartholomew holds a PhD in medical sociology from James Cook University. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland and teaches Global Studies at Mission Heights Junior College in Auckland.
The first book by Robert Bartholomew about this topic is: No Maori allowed: New Zealand’s forgotten history of racial segregation
Also available aimed at ages 10-16 students: Sorry mate, we don’t cut Maori hair