The Mother of All Departments: The History of the Department of Internal Affairs

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Auckland University Press, 1997 - History - 312 pages
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Brings to life the history of the most important agency of government in New Zealand for much of the last century. It traces the evolution of the Department of Internal Affairs from its genesis as the Colonial Secretary's Office in 1840, providing an overview of the development and expansion of government in New Zealand.
 

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Contents

Abbreviations
6
Ministerial control 185690
31
The Liberal years 18911912
47
The Hislop era 191228
69
Depression and the early Heenan years 192940
95
Heenan in top gear 194049
119
The Department loses ground in the 1950s
144
Was the Department to continue?
173
Henry May Pat ODea and Allan Highet 197084
202
The era of reform after 1984
232
Epilogue
265
Index
303
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