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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62


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The following statement of the productions of the colony of New Zealand has been prepared in response to the invitation of the United Empire Trade League; the figures quoted and much of the matter being taken from the official statistics published in New Zealand.

It is as a food-producing country that the colony of New Zealand is especially interesting to people in this country. The rapid increase which has taken place during recent years in the exports of surplus food from New Zealand, and the great capability of increased production which the colony offers, points to New Zealand being found at no distant date in the front rank of food-producing countries. It is too often forgotten that 1200 miles of water separates New Zealand from the continent of Australia, and that her fertile soil, freedom from droughts, and favourable climate make her a country much more favourable for agricultural and pastoral pursuits than the other Australasian colonies.

I shall first give a decennial table (see pp. 2-5) showing the value of the principal articles (the produce of the colony) exported, and then offer some comments on the various products.