Story: Manufacturing – an overview

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The removal of import licences and the lowering of tariffs made it uneconomic for some items to be manufactured in New Zealand. The results – factory closure, job loss and sometimes business failure – were felt throughout New Zealand. Shown here are Tangi Cummings (left), Barry Conner and Carol Tom, workers at the New Zealand Electric Lamp Manufacturers factory in Miramar, Wellington – 78 jobs were lost when the factory closed in 1999.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1999/2092/11
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Ian Hunter, 'Manufacturing – an overview - Manufacturing in the 1970s and 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Ian Hunter, published 11 Mar 2010