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Events In History

16 November 1916

The Military Service Act passed on 1 August 1916 had made all healthy New Zealand men of military age (20 to 45) liable for active service overseas.

7 November 1912

The Public Service Act was passed into law, creating a framework for New Zealand’s bureaucracy that was to endure until 1988. The Act was the brainchild of lawyer Alexander Herdman, a senior minister in the new Reform Party government.

9 June 1909

Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward opened the Public Trust Office Building in Lambton Quay, Wellington. The occasion was marked by a lunchtime banquet and a concert and dance that evening

Articles

Working with statistics

Statistical work has always involved collecting, analysing and presenting data. Read the full article

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Statistical work has always involved collecting, analysing and presenting

Dominion status

On 26 September 1907 the colony of New Zealand ceased to exist. It became, instead, a dominion within the British Empire. Read the full article

Page 3 - The first Dominion Day

The first Dominion Day, 1907, was a holiday for public servants as all government offices closed to mark the occasion.

The Public Service at war - overview

The New Zealand public service played a central part in New Zealand’s war effort, both at home and abroad Read the full article

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The New Zealand public service played a central part in New Zealand’s war effort, both at home and

The public service in 1914

In 1914 the public service employed 33,000 permanent employees, including railway workers, post and telegraph staff, teachers, and police, plus 16,000 temporary employees, mainly in public works and railways. Read the full article

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In 1914 the public service employed 33,000 permanent employees, including railway workers, post and telegraph staff, teachers, and police, plus 16,000 temporary employees, mainly

Getting the men to war

The public service was the engine of New Zealand’s military war effort between 1914 and 1918. It took charge of signing up – and later conscripting – men for service abroad, training them, clothing them, housing them and transporting them to the northern hemisphere, where they became the responsibility of the British military. Read the full article

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The public service was the engine of New Zealand’s military war effort between 1914 and 1918. It took charge of signing up – and later conscripting – men for service abroad,

Feeding Britain

From March 1915 the British government purchased New Zealand’s entire output of frozen meat to help ensure a regular flow of food to the British public and the British Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium. Read the full article

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From March 1915 the British government purchased New Zealand’s entire output of frozen meat to help ensure a regular flow of food to the British public and the British

Maintaining public services during the war

The government immediately reset its priorities on the outbreak of war in August 1914. Everything else was subordinated to winning the war. Read the full article

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The government immediately reset its priorities on the outbreak of war in August 1914. Everything else was subordinated to winning the war.

Policing the war effort

In 1914 the New Zealand government moved quickly to strengthen the rule of law and keep the country focused on winning the war Read the full article

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In 1914 the New Zealand government moved quickly to strengthen the rule of law and keep the country focused on winning the

Repatriation of returned servicemen

Reintegrating tens of thousands of men into the civilian population at the end of the war presented a new set of problems Read the full article

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Reintegrating tens of thousands of men into the civilian population at the end of the war presented a new set of

Honouring public servants

The public service as a whole, government departments and individual public servants found a myriad of ways to honour their employees’ and colleagues’ war service. Read the full article

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The public service as a whole, government departments and individual public servants found a myriad of ways to honour their employees’ and colleagues’ war

Rolls of honour and obituaries

Government rolls of honour and obituaries published at the end of the First World War. Read the full article

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Government rolls of honour and obituaries published at the end of the First World

Page 2 - Public Service Roll of Honour

This Roll of Honour lists 218 men from the core Public Service who died in the First World War. It was originally published in the New Zealand Gazette on 29 April

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Obituaries of soldiers killed in the First World War that were published in the Public Service Journal from

Recruiting and conscription

Recruiting men for the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) was among the New Zealand government’s most pressing priorities during the four difficult years of the First World War. Tens of thousands were needed every year to keep the NZEF up to strength, and finding them presented major logistical, bureaucratic and tactical challenges to those responsible. Read the full article

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Recruiting men for the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) was among the New Zealand government’s most pressing priorities during the four difficult years of the First World

Rows of clerks transcribe data in the cavernous and draughty Hood’s building in Wellington.

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