The New Zealand public service played a central part in the dominion’s war effort, both at home and overseas. Among many other things, it administered the training and recruitment of soldiers and managed the bulk purchase of produce for Britain. It struggled to balance the complex needs of keeping the country running in the face of wartime pressures and meeting the requirements of the all-consuming military war effort. More than 8000 public servants served in the war, and over 1000 lost their lives. Articles below were commissioned by the State Services Commission and New Zealand Post.