The New Zealand Cartoon Archive has been responsible for some of my favourite moments as Chief Librarian over the last twelve years.
The New Zealand Cartoon Archive
The New Zealand Cartoon Archive was launched in 1992 and is situated in the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library, Wellington.
There are nearly 60,000 cartoons—originals and copies—in the New Zealand Cartoon Archive collection. More than 60 cartoonists are represented, and the archive continues to grow with new digital images added every week.
November’s Memorable Cartoon
Late in 1984, Labour’s finance minister Roger Douglas capitalised on the 20 percent devaluation crisis to make a number of ‘free market’ moves that resulted in a major and very rapid restructuring of the economy. ‘Rogernomics’, as the government’s economic policy was popularly (or unpopularly) known, deregulated the money and foreign exchange markets, introduced radical tax changes, eliminated agricultural subsidies and removed much of the manufacturing sector’s protection. ‘Efficiency’ justified the nine new state-owned enterprises (SOEs) created from former trading departments. Companies and individuals fought to survive see-sawing inflation, interest rates, share prices and the Kiwi dollar as ‘market forces’ battered New Zealand.
Mark Winter (Chicane), Southland Times, 9 November 1984. ATL: H-752-001
View this cartoon on the National Library of New Zealand website.
Hannah Benbow, the ATL Research Librarian cartoons, attended the Australasian Humour Studies Network symposium in Ballarat in early February 2017, the Guardians providing travel assistance. She spoke there about the public’s use of the Cartoon Archive.