Story: Family welfare

Labour MPs move family into state house

The incoming Labour government in 1935 was committed to improving the standard of living of working people. This included the provision of state housing for families who could not afford to buy their own homes. Michael Joseph Savage, prime minister, was filmed carrying furniture into the first state house built by his government in 1937. He was assisted by Labour MPs Walter Nash, John A. Lee and Robert Semple and watched by a crowd of onlookers. The record of this event was part of a Labour party election propoganda film made in 1938 by Lee Hill that documented the achievements of the first Labour government.

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Maureen Baker, 'Family welfare - Welfare, work and families, 1918–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/26082/labour-mps-move-family-into-state-house (accessed 31 May 2017)

Story by Maureen Baker, published 5 May 2011, updated 30 Jun 2015