Story: Government and industrial development

Opening the Levin industries fair, 1957

Opening the Levin industries fair, 1957

Local-government commitment to industrial development in many small New Zealand towns was strong. Development would provide jobs, broaden the local economy, increase local government income through rates, and attract people. Levin’s mayor, Wally Wise, is shown here opening the town’s industries fair in 1957. It was run by the local Industries Promotion Committee, which also produced a short film and printed material boosting the town as a location for industry. Helped by import licensing, Levin became a regional industrial centre, attracting clothing and textile companies, caravan, packaging and building materials manufacturers, and transport operators.

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Megan Cook, 'Government and industrial development - Protection and development, 1930s–1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010