Story: Clothing and footwear manufacturing

A booming industry (3rd of 3)

A booming industry

The New Zealand clothing industry boomed in the post-war decades, when local production was protected by import controls and high tariffs. Many clothing firms had factories in regional towns as well as major cities. This is the Rotorua dressmaking factory of California Products, in 1949.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, National Publicity Studios Collection
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Jane Tolerton, 'Clothing and footwear manufacturing - Clothing factories', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010