Story: Second World War

Clipping meat rationing coupons, 1944 (5th of 5)

Clipping meat rationing coupons, 1944

An Auckland diner watches the waitress clip a ration coupon for his meat course, in 1944. Rationing began in April 1942 to cope with shortages of goods from overseas. The first rationed item was sugar, followed later that year by clothing and tea. The next items rationed – butter in October 1943 and meat in March 1944 – were the result of overseas demand for New Zealand products. Eggs and motor spirits were also rationed. Rationing of clothes stopped in 1947 but the last restrictions continued until 1950.

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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - Japan enters the war', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016