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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 10 (January 2, 1939)

Develop All New Zealand

Develop All New Zealand

How the interests of the people of New Zealand are interlocked is at present being explained, with a wealth of technical detail, in the course of a campaign instituted through the Bureau of the Department of Industries and Commerce for the purpose of stimulating and permanently increasing the internal trade of the country.

All who have had an opportunity to see the development of factory production in New Zealand are aware of the extraordinary advance in technical skill and mechanical efficiency recorded.

In some respects the comparatively late development of her secondary industries generally has been to New Zealand's advantage. It has been found, in the course of investigation by competent authorities, that through the adoption of the latest machinery and methods of manufacture, New Zealand manufacturers and artisans are turning out articles superior in many respects to the products of countries where such manufactures have been standardised for many years.

With a universally high standard of education, a healthy climate, good physique, and mental endowments that reflect the best elements of the British stock from which they spring, New Zealanders are particularly well-equipped to win in any competitive pursuit upon which they care to engage. And they have—especially those of the younger generation—a highly developed mechanical faculty which accounts for their success as inventors and operatives.

Further confidence in each other's work, and interest to ask for and try New Zealand products for comparison with imported articles, is all that is required to ensure a very large increase in the use of New Zealand's products by New Zealand's people.

It can well be a good New Year resolution for New Zealanders to buy with the money earned in serving New Zealanders the goods these same New Zealanders produce. No matter how fast the internal circulation of goods and services in this way may be, it can never impoverish the country, but will rather help to add to the richness and joy of living and to the advantages which New Zealanders already possess as a natural heritage.

One side of New Zealand's economic development which cannot be assailed from any angle is that of its tourist trade.

There are no international complications involved in the travel of people from overseas through our country. No economic resource is exhausted when other people look at our scenery, nor are we making any demands upon the possibly limited stocks available elsewhere when folk from other lands pay us a call.

In these circumstances New Zealanders should use every contact they have as a means for attracting travellers and settlers, for not only have we lots of scenery practically going to waste at present, but the country can only grow better and better as there are more and more people to help make it grow.