Local-government commitment to industrial development in many small New Zealand towns was strong. Development would provide jobs, broaden the local economy, increase local government income through rates, and attract people. Levin’s mayor, Wally Wise, is shown here opening the town’s industries fair in 1957. It was run by the local Industries Promotion Committee, which also produced a short film and printed material boosting the town as a location for industry. Helped by import licensing, Levin became a regional industrial centre, attracting clothing and textile companies, caravan, packaging and building materials manufacturers, and transport operators.
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Kete Horowhenua, Horowhenua Historical Society
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