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The mood was restive.
But William Hobson, a representative of the Queen, promised land would ‘never be forcibly taken’.

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Missionaries assured that signing the treaty Hobson brought would be good for Māori.

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Today, the mission house remains in pristine condition, maintained by Heritage NZ. It’s now a visitor’s destination where tours are available for a small fee.
But all around it, poverty and hardship is evident.

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four-wheel drive outside dilapidated houses
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corrugated iron long drop toilet outside
run-down shack
four-wheel drive outside dilapidated houses
woman sitting with her dog outside her home
corrugated iron long drop toilet outside
dawson sitting in his home with a hole in the roof
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But the dairy industry slumped and an urban migration to Auckland began.

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pelt drying on gate
pelt drying on gate black and white
pelt drying on gate

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The Horeke Hotel, New Zealand’s oldest pub, survives on putting up passing tourists.

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Horeke exists in the middle of a region struggling without the resources or opportunities to deal with addiction and deprivation.

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run down house in paddock

Horeke exists in the middle of a region struggling without the resources or opportunities to deal with addiction and deprivation.

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Although his home is broken, Dawson’s manaakitanga isn’t.

Find out more about Horeke here.

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Reporter

Florence Kerr and
Tony Wall

Visuals

Lawrence Smith

Design

Kathryn George

Development

Sungmi Kim

Editor

John Hartevelt

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