Story: Overseas trade policy

Mr Nash visits the bank manager

Mr Nash visits the bank manager

In the late 1930s New Zealand was running low on financial reserves. Finance minister Walter Nash visited London in April 1939 to seek loans and to reassure the British that New Zealand was not going to introduce a major campaign of import controls and substitution that would damage British exports. British bankers and politicians were unimpressed, but offered assistance subject to very harsh terms. When the Second World War broke out later in 1939 Britain suddenly offered to buy New Zealand’s entire exports in meat and dairy products.

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Reference: The Standard, 29 June 1939, p. 9 (N-P 1683-9)

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Chris Nixon and John Yeabsley, 'Overseas trade policy - Depression and war', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Chris Nixon and John Yeabsley, published 11 Mar 2010