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Subsidies out - farmers outraged

Farmers' protest meeting against government policies, Civic Square, Wellington, New Zealand
Farmers' protest meeting against government policies, Civic Square, Wellington, New Zealand 1986, Photograph by The Evening Post, courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (Dominion Post Collection, EP/1986/2002/18-F)

Farmers benefited from government subsidies under Robert Muldoon's protectionist economic policies of the late 1970s and early 80s.

When the fourth Labour Government took over from National and abolished agricultural subsidies, many farmers were angry. Protests took place around the country.



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