The Education Act of 1944
ordered that all children of
all races in this country start
school by age six, attend until
age fourteen attendance officers
now enforced this. Bursaries
ensured tertiary education
for more children further financed
by plentiful summer employment.
Servicemen returning from war
in 1945, married, produced
children, moved to cities for
work, both European and Maori.
In a post war world of changing
outward looking attitudes young
educated Maori reached adulthood
in the 1970’s, sought their rights
their land, their language, their
culture, artistic expression, seats
in parliament, compensation for
Treaty rights long being ignored.
A hidden people surged forth.