The “Hidden Depression” that never really went away


  • Anaru Eketone (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato) University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand



covid-19, economic depression, m?ori


Covid-19 is a unique conjunction of a serious disease pandemic coupled with a serious economic crisis. I took the opportunity during level four lockdown to catch up on some reading. Two books in particular discussed the previous two named depressions that Aotearoa New Zealand went through. Children of the Poor by John A. Lee (1973) dealt with poverty in Dunedin following the “Long Depression” of the late 19th century and The Slump by Tony Simpson (1990) looked at the lead-up to the “Great Depression”, its effects and its lasting legacy.


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How to Cite

Eketone, A. (2020). The “Hidden Depression” that never really went away. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 32(2), 37–40.