Washday at the Pa

Author(s): Ans Westra


Washday at the Pa, by New Zealand premier photographer Ans Westra, was first published as a photo-story booklet in 1964 by the Department of Education for use in Primary Schools, but all 38,000 copies were withdrawn following a campaign by the Maori Women's Welfare League that it would have a 'detrimental effect' on Maori people - and that the living conditions portrayed within the book were atypical. A second edition of the booklet was published the same year with some images omitted. This edition is a selection of these two editions together with photographs of the washday family taken in 1988, and includes essays by arts critic, journalist and broadcaster Mark Amery detailing the controversy and background of Washday at the Pa.


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General Fields

  • : 9780473198466
  • : Suite Publications
  • : Suite Publications
  • : October 2011
  • : New Zealand
  • : October 2011
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ans Westra
  • : Paperback
  • : 305.8999442
  • : 44
  • : Black and white photographs