Story: Government and industrial development



During the run-up to the 1990 election, National Party leader Jim Bolger visited Levin’s Wishart Manufacturing. He is shown here talking to employee Rachael Hirini about clothing construction techniques. Bolger told Wishart staff about his commitment to a Buy New Zealand campaign. ‘Jobs in New Zealand depend on people buying New Zealand-made stuff,’ he said. Once elected, the National government continued to reduce tariffs, and New Zealand’s clothing industry shrank dramatically.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1990/3381/6
Photograph by Jon Hargest

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Megan Cook, 'Government and industrial development - Ending intervention, 1980s and 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010