Story: State-owned enterprises

Railway apprentices

Railway apprentices

In a small country like New Zealand, state involvement in commercial activities was not surprising – the government was the only source of capital for large infrastructure investments such as railways. The government also invested in commercial enterprises to provide employment or training for a growing workforce, such as these apprentice fitters and turners at the Petone railway workshops in July 1913.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Albert Percy Godber Collection (PA-Group-00048)
Reference: APG-0457-1/2-G
Photograph by Albert Percy Godber

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Rob Laking, 'State-owned enterprises - What are state-owned enterprises?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 July 2024)

Story by Rob Laking, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015