Story: Overseas trade policy

Gordon Coates returns from Ottawa

Gordon Coates returns from Ottawa

Gordon Coates (left), minister of public works and transport, is welcomed home by members of the cabinet in September 1932. Coates had led the country’s delegation to the Imperial Economic Conference in Ottawa, Canada. The conference cemented preferential trade deals between Commonwealth countries (such as New Zealand) and Britain, and placed severe quota restrictions on British imports from non-Commonwealth countries (such as Argentina).

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Chris Nixon and John Yeabsley, 'Overseas trade policy - Depression and war', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Chris Nixon and John Yeabsley, published 11 Mar 2010