Story: Factory industries

Factory workers, 1973

Factory workers, 1973

In the 1960s and 1970s thousands of Pacific Islanders came to New Zealand on temporary work permits. Many found jobs in factories, where they were a vital part of the workforce. This photo shows a supervisor with three Tongans working as spray painters in the Todd Motors factory in the Hutt Valley, Wellington. They were from a group of 89 brought to New Zealand for six months by the local chamber of commerce to help meet the labour shortage that was then limiting production.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1973/0282/5A

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How to cite this page:

Ian Hunter, 'Factory industries - Protecting factories, 1945 to the 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25592/factory-workers-1973 (accessed 26 August 2019)

Story by Ian Hunter, published 11 Mar 2010