In 1901, New Zealand turned down the idea of joining in the Commonwealth of Australia. Instead, New Zealand decided to become a dominion under British rule. By becoming a dominion, New Zealand was equal in status to Australia and Canada. Over the course of the 20th century New Zealand suffers a fairly severe depression, along with majority of the world. New Zealand will go on to set up a more stable and more dependent government. The major parties battle it out for the majority control of the government. New Zealand will see many different faces ruling the country during the 20th century. New Zealand emerges as a world leader for having the heads of government controlled by a majority of women.
New Zealand is represented by a governor general within the commonwealth . New Zealand is also a democratic parliamentary monarchy and is governed by a House of Representatives with 120 elected members of parliament . These members are chosen from six different political parties (Culture Grams 476).
In 1935 the first response to the Great Depression was the forming of the Labour Party (Drexel 664). This was under the Prime Minister M.J. Savage. This party introduced public works programs, aid to farmers as well as health care and social security enhancements to minimize the deficit from the Depression (Drexel 662). In 1936 the National Party was made because New Zealand needed another party to... [continues]
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