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State houses: The way we lived back then (NZ).

New Zealand's iconic state houses came about because of a housing shortage in the 1930s.

New Zealand’s iconic state houses came about because of a housing shortage in the 1930s.

Architectural historian Bill McKay is loath to use the words “iconic” or “Kiwiana” to describe state houses, but these unpretentious, boxy dwellings have certainly captured the collective imagination. Beyond the State: New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern, the book he co-authored with Andrea Stevens is, after just two weeks on sale, No 5 on the best-seller list. “State houses are up there with Tip Top icecream,” McKay reluctantly agrees.   More . . .

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