Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Pea processing at Wattie's, 1959

Wattie’s soon became a major employer and a key source of income for horticultural farmers in Hawke’s Bay. Labour shortages initially forced the company’s production line to become highly mechanised, but this worked to its advantage as produce like peas could be harvested and canned in a few hours.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 87. National Film Unit, 1959

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Horticulture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015