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Taranaki dairy factories

Refrigeration made possible a thriving dairy industry which spread in the wetter parts of the North Island, especially Northland, Waikato and Taranaki. Dairy factories sprang up to process the milk into butter and cheese. Factories in Taranaki were made redundant by one very large factory near Hāwera, but the old buildings remained. Click on each site to see them as they were in the early 2000s.

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Refrigeration, dairying and the Liberal boom', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/24338/taranaki-dairy-factories (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010