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New Zealand agriculture and the war effort

New Zealand agriculture and the war effort

The government’s control of the economy increased in the Second World War. Meat and dairy products were rationed so that more could be sent to Britain for the war effort. This early 1940s poster promotes New Zealand farming as crucial to the British Empire – dairy, meat, fruit and wool are the ‘sinews of war’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Tony Nightingale, 'Government and agriculture - Controlling the war economy, 1939–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 August 2022)

Story by Tony Nightingale, published 24 Nov 2008