Story: Balance of payments

Locking the pumps

Locking the pumps

A Wellington garage manager locks up his pumps in February 1974 during the first oil shock. As a result of the Yom Kippur Arab–Israeli war in October 1973, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) restricted the supply of oil. This increased the price over four-fold and created uncertainty about supply. New Zealand was faced with a massive impact on the balance of trade and the balance of payments, since oil was a significant portion of the country’s imports. Restrictions were placed on the sale of petrol and permits were required to buy it at the weekend.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Energy-Petrol-service-stations-01

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How to cite this page:

C. John McDermott and Rishab Sethi, 'Balance of payments - A brief history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 March 2024)

Story by C. John McDermott and Rishab Sethi, published 11 Mar 2010