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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: The cover has a heavy crease to 2 corners (longest is 55mm), and fading. The first 25 pages have a small light crease to the bottom outside corner. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 181 x 240 mm
Pages: 478
Publisher: Canterbury University Press
Publication date: 1996


Holding the Balance
By John E. Martin

A history of New Zealand’s Department of Labour 1891-1995

This comprehensive history of New Zealand's Department of Labour begins with the early years under the socialist Edward Tregear, when it was among the world's pioneers of such institutions. The book examines government policy in depth in the crucial areas of employment, industrial relations, immigration and workplace conditions through the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and up to the present day. It looks at the wide range of further departmental activities, including barmaid registration, weights and measures, hostel accommodation and industrial training. John Martin also provides a vivid description of other fascinating measures such as the state farm of the 1890s, the first state housing scheme in the early decades of this century and the Home Aid Service for women after World War Two.

Extensively illustrated with many photographs and cartoons, Holding the Balance provides a scholarly yet highly readable account of one of the country's most wide-ranging government departments.


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