Today’s photograph shows the Patea Freezing Works from the air in the late 1960s early 1970s. The Patea Freezing Company came into being in 1910. In 1933, a new Patea Freezing Company was formed and at times provided work for nearly 1000 workers during peak season. However, the company suffered badly during the downturn in the New Zealand meat-processing industry in the early 1980s. The Patea works were among the first to close down, ending operations in September 1982. At the time the Patea Freezing Works was owned by the British Vestey Group.
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