Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Closure of the Whakatū freezing works, 1986

The removal of agricultural subsidies and trade tariffs by government in the 1980s hit Hawke’s Bay hard because the region relied on the pastoral farming sector for revenue and employment. When the Whakatū freezing works near Hastings closed in 1986, around 2,000 full-time and seasonal employees lost their jobs. This was followed by the closure of other freezing works at Tōmoana in 1994 and Ōringi near Dannevirke in 2008.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Pastoral farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/23903/closure-of-the-whakatu-freezing-works-1986 (accessed 19 November 2018)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 2 Jul 2015