Story: Government and agriculture

Picking cabbages

Picking cabbages

During the Second World War the government controlled most sectors of the country’s economy. The Department of Agriculture directed primary production, including traditional products such as meat, wool and dairy, as well as vegetables. These men are harvesting cabbages at Ōtaki, north of Wellington, in 1945. The ground was formerly a sports field, but was being used to grow food for US troops stationed in New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
Reference: 1/4-001315; F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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Tony Nightingale, 'Government and agriculture - Controlling the war economy, 1939–1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/18069/picking-cabbages (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Tony Nightingale, published 24 Nov 2008