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State of National Emergency

Police service update

At 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020, New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household.

During this time Police will continue to provide essential policing services.

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Policing the First World War: slygrogging, sex and sedition

In the 1914-18 war, civilian society in New Zealand had to turn itself into a militarised society. The population of New Zealand at the beginning of the Great War was a little over one million, of that number 100,000 were eligible to serve. Persuading those eligible to join up did not happen ‘naturally’: it required coercion on a grand scale. Throughout WWI New Zealand Police were the invisible military machine.

We have researched and written seven essays that explain the role of New Zealand Police during WWI. Please feel free to read and share but don’t forget to reference the source.