Tuesday, September 11, 2012
New Zealand's Food Rationing in WWII
In 1944 The Economic Information Service for the Economic Stabilization Commission of New Zealand issued the "Housewives' Guide". It contained information on food prices and food rationing.
The food rationing was slightly different here in New Zealand compared to Britian.
Food was rationed under the coupon system and the quantities available to each person is as follows......
BUTTER - 8 oz a week. There was no ration for children under 6 months of age.
TEA - 2 oz a week, none for children under 10 years of age on the 1st January of the ration year.
SUGAR - 12 oz a week, with additional quantities in season for jam making, as announced from time to time. No ration for children under 6 months of age.
EGGS - In districts where priority rationing is in force, a priority ration of 3 eggs a week for children 6 months and under 5 years, and 6 eggs a week for expectant and nursing mothers. The allocation to general consumers varies according to the supply and is informally rationed through the grocers.
MEAT - The basic meat ration is 1/9 worth a week, with a half ration for children from 6 months to 5 years.
To compensate for seasonal and regional increases in meat prices, in terms of the price orders, the values of the adults' "H" and the children's "J" meat coupons alter throughout the year.
Milk, cooking oil and margarine was not rationed. I also can't find any information saying that cheese was rationed.