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Temperance and Prohibition in New Zealand


The moral and spiritual implications of the struggle against the liquor traffic have provided the dynamic for the struggle. The Churches have always acknowledged the importance of these factors, but have at the same time been cautious of becoming involved in what was considered by many as a political struggle. Gradually the identification of the Churches with the conflict has become closer and closer until in recent years the New Zealand Alliance has been recognized as the Church in action against the liquor traffic. Members of all denominations have been numbered by thousands as supporters of the Alliance and the Annual Assemblies of some Churches have specifically declared their recognition of the Alliance as the organization existing to make effective Church influence in the political sphere so far as the liquor traffic is concerned. From the following notes it will be seen that the Churches have been active in all departments of temperance reform.