The attitudes and policies of the New Zealand labour movement towards non-European immigration, 1878-1928.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis is a study of the racial attitudes of the New Zealand Labour Movement for the period 1878-1928. These attitudes are examined in relation to non-European immigrants. It is argued that, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, racist views were dominant in the Labour Movement. Those views were held unchallenged until international socialism made a significant impact in the movement. In response to the efforts of internationalists there was a moderation of racial views and, by 1928, racism no longer influenced the policies of Labour organisations in the country.