Story: Customs and tariffs

Advertising British-made shoes

Advertising British-made shoes

In the early 20th century there was a strong pro-British sentiment in New Zealand, alongside increasing sales of produce to the UK and growing identification with the British Empire, strengthened by the South African and First World wars. In 1904 Richard Seddon introduced a tariff preference for manufactured goods imported from Britain. Most tariff changes for the next four decades included such preferential duties. The sentiments behind these measures are well expressed in this billboard from the early 20th century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Samuel Heath Head Collection (PA-Group-00261)
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Tony Simpson, 'Customs and tariffs - Encouraging local industry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Tony Simpson, published 11 Mar 2010