Story: Government and industrial development

Applying for an import licence, 1949

The government carefully husbanded New Zealand’s overseas earnings (which were spent when imports were bought). Getting an import licence, even for the most ordinary articles, required an explanation. In this letter from 1949 a building supply firm’s manager spells out why the company needs another licence to import plasterboard three months after the previous one was issued.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: C1 164 39/8/2 Part 2

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Megan Cook, 'Government and industrial development - Protection and development, 1930s–1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010