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National Development Conference, 1972

National Development Conference, 1972

The government held a number of conferences involving industry in the 1960s and 1970s, part of a general move towards broad economic planning. This is the opening of the 1972 National Development Conference, held in Parliament’s Legislative Council chamber. The two-day event was attended by 300 people. The conferences were more than talk-fests – at this one, importers and manufacturers forced the government to abandon a planned liberalisation of import licensing. The New Zealand Planning Council, set up in 1977, was an indirect result of these conferences.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1972/1340

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Megan Cook, 'Government and industrial development - Intervention, 1960s and 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010