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Labour Day

  • Page 1 – Labour Day

    Labour Day is no ordinary holiday. It celebrates the struggle for an eight-hour working day, a right that New Zealand workers had been among the first in the world to claim.

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  • Page 1 - Labour DayCelebrated on the fourth Monday in October, Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day, a right that carpenter Samuel Parnell had famously fought for in

A history of New Zealand 1769-1914

State housing

  • Page 3 – The state steps in and out

    The National government introduced full market rents in 1991 to reduce the state role in housing provision. From the start, public debate over state housing policy in New

  • Page 8 – Outside the mainstream

    Many of us associate the beginning of state housing with the hipped-roof cottages built by the first Labour government of the 1930s and '40s. But the origin of state housing

History of the Governor-General

  • Page 4 – Responsible government

    In the 1840s settlers were demanding a say in government. Governor Grey suspended an overly elaborate constitution in 1846, but the New Zealand Constitution Act 1852 gave male

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  • Page 4 - Responsible governmentIn the 1840s settlers were demanding a say in government. Governor Grey suspended an overly elaborate constitution in 1846, but the New Zealand Constitution Act 1852 gave male

Temperance movement

NZ in the 19th century

Biographies

  • Ballance, John

    John Ballance, who led the Liberals to power in 1890, was called ‘the rainmaker’ by voters relieved to see the return of prosperity.

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  • Seddon, Richard John

    Richard Seddon’s nickname, ‘King Dick’, says it all. Our longest-serving and most famous leader not only led the government, he was it, many argued. For 13 years he completely dominated politics.

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  • Hall-Jones, William

    Although William Hall-Jones merely warmed the seat while Richard Seddon’s designated successor, Sir Joseph Ward, returned from Europe, he was the first leader to enter office as prime minister, not premier.

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  • Ward, Joseph George

    Sir Joseph Ward, New Zealand’s political Lazarus, led governments nearly a quarter of a century apart.

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  • Mackenzie, Thomas Noble

    The Liberals were already yesterday’s men when they made Thomas Mackenzie Sir Joseph Ward’s successor after needing the speaker’s casting vote to win a confidence vote.

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  • Reeves, William Pember

    The series of labour acts for which William Pember Reeves was responsible gave New Zealand the most extensive system of labour regulations in the world at the turn of the twentieth century.

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  • McKenzie, John

    McKenzie's early memory of evicted crofters shaped his whole life's philosophy and his land-reform work in the Liberal government of the 1890s.

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