Story: State-owned enterprises

Clyde dam

Clyde dam

The Clyde hydroelectric dam on the Clutha River, built in the early 1980s, was a major part of the Muldoon government's 'think big' programme. 'Think big', the last major expansion of state activity prior to the creation of state-owned enterprises in 1986, had a particularly strong focus on the energy sector. It was intended to insulate New Zealand's economy from high oil prices, and was prompted by the 'oil shocks' (abrupt rises in price) of the 1970s.

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Rob Laking, 'State-owned enterprises - What are state-owned enterprises?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2024)

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