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From the police force's beginnings in 1840 through the next forty years, policing arrangements varied around New Zealand.
However, provincial policing models lasted only two decades as economic depression in the 1870s saw some provinces stop paying their police as they ran out of money.
Eventually, the government decided a single nationally organised police would be the best and most efficient policing arrangement.
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At the same time, government took the important step to hive off the militia functions of the old Armed Constabulary, and form the genesis of today's New Zealand Defence Force, initially called in 1886 the New Zealand Permanent Militia.