Story: Regional economies

Tekau knitwear

Tekau knitwear

Most towns were primarily service centres for farming districts. Clothing factories set up in some, despite the limited local market, because they had a supply of female labour ready to work for relatively low wages. Tekau knitwear was produced at plants in Ashburton and Tīmaru.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Regional economies - Regional economies, 1920 to 1960', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 July 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 11 Mar 2010