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This title explores the history of one of New Zealand's most important departments of state: the treasury. Founded in 1840, it has been run by colourful figures as well as grey bureaucrats: one secretary was a representative rugby player; another took ballet classes in one stressful year. McKinnon describes the impact of changes in the political scene, and of events in the world economy, taking the story through the controversial ""rogermonics"" years, up to 2000. This study should be of interest to anyone interested in New Zealand history and the complex interplay between government, economy and people.