Story: Pulp and paper, aluminium and steel industries

Kawerau mill, 1955

Kawerau mill, 1955

The Kawerau site was developed in the mid-1950s, and when finished included two pulp and paper mills. The mills built in New Zealand after the Second World War were very differently organised from the earlier ones. The later mills were one part of a massive operation that processed wood for several purposes, including sawmilling, chipping, production of fibreboard and pulp and paper, and in one case a shook factory, which produced short boards that were made into boxes. The waste from one operation, such as sawmilling, could be used in another, such as making pulp and paper.

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Megan Cook, 'Pulp and paper, aluminium and steel industries - The pulp and paper boom', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010