The work of government

The Vogel era

The Vogel era

In 1870, Colonial Treasurer Julius Vogel launched the most ambitious development programme in New Zealand’s history. more...

Assisted immigration, 1947-75

Assisted immigration, 1947-75

New Zealand is a nation of immigrants. This is the story of some of the 77,000 who came from Great Britain between 1947 and 1975 under the assisted immigration scheme. more...

State housing

State housing

How and why, for more than a century, the state has provided rental homes for the tens of thousands of New Zealanders unable to afford a home of their own. more...

Working with statistics

Working with statistics

It was hard and inky work done at long tables. Discover how New Zealand's official statistics have been gathered over the years. more...

Plant and animal quarantine

Plant and animal quarantine

New Zealand has a long tradition of trying to protect its natural environment from exotic pests and plant and animal diseases, and has some of the strictest quarantine laws in the world. more...