Treasury: The New Zealand Treasury 1840–2000

Malcolm McKinnon

‘McKinnon sets out the complex story with welcome clarity. Be reassured that it is completely accessible to non-economists. . . . he makes a lively read of it, and a generous sprinkling of photos, cartoons, and facsimiles of documents helps in this.’– Margaret Clark, NZ Books

 

Treasury is the official commissioned history of our most important department of state, founded with the nation in 1840.

It is a rich and textured story: it shows the perennial jousting of officials with ministers, the rise and fall of the accountants and the rise and rise of the economists. It shows the impact of changes in the political scene and of events in the world economy. Not always grey bureaucrats, colourful figures stride the pages: one secretary was representative rugby player, one was a better politician than the politicians, one took beginner’s ballet classes through an especially stressful year. But this is a serious and fascinating study at the heart of the country’s history taking the story through the controversial ‘rogernomics’ years up to 2000.

Long overdue, Treasury will be essential reading for anyone interested in New Zealand history and the complex interplay between government, economy and people.

 

Author

Malcolm McKinnon is a historian based in Wellington. He is the author of Independence and Foreign Policy (AUP, 1993) and was general editor of the New Zealand Historical Atlas.

Winner of ARANZ Ian Wards Prize 2004

 

July 2003, 248 x 214 mm, 528 pages, illustrations
Paperback, ISBN 9781869402969, $49.99