What New Zealand does for a living

There has been a big shift in what New Zealanders do for a living. In the 1970s, the goods-producing industries like manufacturing, construction, electricity, gas, water supply, and waste management industries were big.
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    However in the 1970s, trade and tariff barriers protected New Zealand manufacturers from foreign competition. In the mid-1980s, the country went through a host of market reforms that threw the economy wide open. As a result, our manufacturing steadily declined.

    The 'finance, insurance, and business services’ industry (this includes professional, rental, scientific, and technical businesses) has had the largest growth since the 1970s.


    Source: Statistics New Zealand

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