Story: Cars and the motor industry

Facing redundancy

Facing redundancy

Diane Moeke (right) and other workers from the General Motors plant in Petone face being transferred to the Trentham plant or losing their jobs in June 1983. General Motors New Zealand opened a car assembly factory at Petone in 1926. It opened another plant at Trentham in 1967. The Petone plant closed in 1984, and the Trentham plant closed in 1990.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1983/2198/10
Photograph by Ian Mackley

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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - Demise of the car-assembly and component industries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014