Kōrero: Clothing and footwear manufacturing

The consequences of reducing tariffs

The consequences of reducing tariffs

In this 2003 cartoon, Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark pulls the rug from under New Zealand workers while a big boot marked ‘Imports’ bears down from above. The cartoon refers to the government’s decision to continue reducing tariffs on footwear, clothing and textiles. As this made imported goods cheaper for consumers, New Zealand clothing and footwear companies laid off workers, closed down or chose to manufacture offshore. Many New Zealand clothing firms now design locally but manufacture in Asia.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DX-023-121
Cartoon by Ashley W. Smith

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jane Tolerton, 'Clothing and footwear manufacturing - From mass market to niche market', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/cartoon/23988/the-consequences-of-reducing-tariffs (accessed 24 January 2021)

He kōrero nā Jane Tolerton, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010