New Zealand became a dominion just six years after it decided not to join the Australian federation. The lights that decorated Parliament Buildings when dominion status was proclaimed (using new-fangled electricity) spelled out an optimistic slogan reflecting confidence that New Zealand could make progress on its own.
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