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The Public Service at war - overview

The public service in 1914

  • 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.

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  • Page 1 - The public service in 1914In 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

  • 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.

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  • Page 1 - Getting the men to warThe 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,

Maintaining public services during the war

  • 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.

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  • Page 1 - Maintaining public servicesThe government immediately reset its priorities on the outbreak of war in August 1914. Everything else was subordinated to winning the war.

Feeding Britain

  • 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.

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  • Page 1 - Feeding BritainFrom 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

Policing the war effort

  • 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

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  • Page 1 - Policing the war effortIn 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

Honouring public servants

  • 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.

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  • Page 1 - Honouring public servantsThe 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

Recruiting and conscription

  • 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.

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  • Page 1 - Recruiting and conscriptionRecruiting 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

Dominion status

  • Dominion status

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

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  • Page 3 - The first Dominion DayThe first Dominion Day, 1907, was a holiday for public servants as all government offices closed to mark the occasion.

Biographies

  • Makgill, Robert Haldane

    Robert Makgill was a key figure in the development of New Zealand's public health system. He was one of the country's first district health officers and played a crucial role during the devastating 1918 influenza pandemic.

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  • Robertson, Donald

    Donald Robertson was the first person to hold the office of Public Service Commissioner, serving in the position from January 1913 until April 1920.

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  • Fraser, Malcolm

    Scotsman Malcolm Fraser was one of the most important public servants in New Zealand’s military war effort. As government statistician he was directly responsible for devising and administering the conscription system.

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  • Robin, Alfred William

    As General Officer Commanding the troops based in New Zealand, Alfred Robin was the person with the most direct overall responsibility for New Zealand’s military war effort other than the Minister of Defence

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  • Triggs, Robert

    Robert Triggs served as Assistant Public Service Commissioner and Public Trustee during the First World War

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  • Mulcahy

    Mary Mulcahy was one of the many women who worked on the conscription ballot for Government Statistician Malcolm Fraser in the second half of the war

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  • Main image: Proceedings adjourned

    Twenty-two-year-old Gunner Ernest Knight, from Milburn, South Otago, died as a result of wounds received on the Somme in September 1916

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