In New Zealand we have what they call "State Houses." They are a NZ icon, a piece of Kiwiana. I think they are perfection. The ideal of today, of America is bigger, bigger, bigger. I dream of an enormous life, I don't think that has to include a disastrous McMansion.

In New Zealand we have what they call "State Houses." They are a NZ icon, a piece of Kiwiana.- Very similar to our first home after arriving from England in 1952

First state house in NZ, built in 1937 by Labour government.  It was based on the principle that decent housing was a fundamental right for all New   Zealanders :))

First state house in NZ, built in 1937 by Labour government. It was based on the principle that decent housing was a fundamental right for all New Zealanders :))

NZ State House Cushions - Genevieve Packer

Genevieve Packer is a Wellington-based textile designer-maker, craft enthusiast and educator.

Patrick Street state houses in Petone, New Zealand were the first state houses built in the world in 1905.

Patrick Street state houses in Petone, New Zealand were the first state houses built in the world in

State House teatowel by Genevieve Packer

State House teatowel by Genevieve Packer

"A full colour illustrated history of New Zealand's state housing traditions featuring modern-day examples of 14 state houses located around...

Fishpond New Zealand, Beyond the State: New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern by Bill McKay Andrea Stevens. Buy Books online: Beyond the State: New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern, ISBN Bill McKay Andrea Stevens

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