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Tīwai smelter, Bluff, Southland

Tīwai smelter, Bluff, Southland

The biggest Japanese investment in New Zealand was in the aluminium smelter at Tīwai Point opposite the port of Bluff, in Southland. Drawn by the availability of cheap electricity and land, the smelter turned Queensland bauxite into aluminum, for which Japan was the principal market.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'International economic relations - Japan and New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 11 Mar 2010