Manutahi Co-op Dairy Factory Bell Block Co-operative Dairy Factory Awatuna Factory Eltham Co-op - Cheal Road Branch Cardiff Factory Kaupokonui Co-op - Skeet Rd Factory  Lowgarth Co-op Dairy Factory Moa-nui Factory

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A Photographic Survey of Taranaki Dairy Factories - 2009-11

 This is a record of 112 or so survivors – some abandoned and disregarded - of Taranaki's cheese and butter-making industry which has so dominated the social and economic scene in Taranaki for the last 130 years.

Since the factories closed, many have been reused as farm storage, houses, transport hubs, agricultural machinery firms or fertilizer storage.  There is also a museum, a possum products factory, our regional council HQ and a bacon factory.

The dates of construction, architects and builders are noted when they are known.

Further Reading....

..and then there was one

...And Then There Was One. A History of the Taranaki Dairy Industry: Richards, George & Jean, 1995

Cheese Punchers Ball 

The Cheese Punchers' Ball.  The Lighter Side of N Z Cheese Factories: Tinsley, Ray 1985

 

The Taranaki Dairy Industry

 The co-operative system – where groups of local farmers set up and ran their own dairy factory - was slow to be adopted in Taranaki. Instead, privately-run (proprietary factories) held sway for a decade or so in the 1880s and 90s. By the 1890s, a number of successful co-operatives had been established and took over many of the private factories.

The first factories were small wooden buildings that soon outgrew the increasing milk supply from the ever-growing herds and improved pastures. Around World War I, a second generation of larger, reinforced concrete dairy co-operatives proudly began appearing along Taranaki’s highways and by-ways.

By the late 1930s the number of co-operatives and their branches – about 125 - was at its greatest extent. From then on, amalgamations began to whittle away the smaller factories as roads and transport improved. Many of the larger complexes had substantial additions and alterations – especially during the 1950s and 60s - when the industry was undergoing major changes due to amalgamation, expansion of their product range and the upgrading to hygiene  standards required by European and UK markets.

In 1963, the south Taranaki co-operatives amalgamated to form Kiwi Co-operative Dairies which, in 1992, merged with its north Taranaki equivalent – Inglewood-based Moa-nui Co-operative. This merger consolidated Taranaki’s dairy industry on the Whareroa factory south of Hāwera.

The giant continued to expand and, from 1996, took over dairy companies in the South Island and eastern North Island.

For a Whakapapa/Family Tree of Taranaki Factories - click  here.

 Then, in 2001, the Waikato-based New Zealand Dairy Group and Kiwi Dairies merged to form Fonterra – one of the world’s largest dairy companies,

 

            Ron Lambert, October 2012



 Dairy Factories in 1933

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, King Country and Bay of Plenty - 102 factories

 Taranaki – 118 factories

 Wellington, Manawatu, Wairarapa and Horowhenua – 75 factories

Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne – 28 factories

Nelson, Marlborough and Westland – 26 factories

Canterbury – 24 factories

Otago and Southland – 86 factories

(N Z Journal of Dairy Science and Technology)

 

 Hawera Co-op - Glover Rd Factory

 

Taranaki Dairy Factories - Photographic Survey

  1. Alton Co-operative Dairy Factory

  2. Aria Co-operative Dairy Factory

  3. Awatuna Co-operative Dairy Co-operative - Taungatara Branch 1906

  4. Awatuna Co-operative Dairy factory - Main Factory, Awatuna

  5. Awatuna Dairy Co-operative Company - Taungatara Branch 1936

  6. Bell Block Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  7. Bell Block Co-operative - Hillsborough Branch

  8. Brooklands Co-operative Dairy Company - Puniho Road, Okato

  9. Cardiff Co-operative Dairy Factory - Cardiff

  10. Cape Egmont Co-operative Dairy Factory, Pungarehu

  11. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Butter Factory

  12. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Cheal Rd Branch

  13. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Hunter Road Branch

  14. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Jerseydale Branch

  15. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Maata Branch

  16. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Mountain Road Branch

  17. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Rawhitiroa Branch

  18. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Rotokare Branch

  19. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Te Roti Branch

  20. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Waihapa Branch

  21. Eltham Co-operative Dairy Company - Wingrove Road Branch

  22. Frankley Road Co-operative Dairy Factory

  23. Hawera Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory, Glover Road

  24. Hawera Co-operative Dairy Company - Nolantown Cheese & Butter Store

  25. Hawera Co-operative Dairy Company - Tawhiti Factory

  26. Hawera Co-operative Dairy Company - Tokaora Branch

  27. Hawera Co-operative Dairy Company - Whareroa Branch

  28. Hurleyville Co-operative Dairy Factory

  29. Ihaia Co-operative Dairy Factory

  30. Kahui Co-operative Dairy Factory

  31. Kaimata Co-operative Dairy Factory

  32. Kaimiro Co-operative Dairy Factory

  33. Kakaramea Co-operative Dairy Factory

  34. Kaponga Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  35. Kaponga Co-operative Dairy Company - Riverlea Branch

  36. Kaponga Co-operative Dairy Company - Rowan Branch

  37. Kaupokonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Auroa Branch

  38. Kaupokonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Kapuni Branch  

  39. Kaupokonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Katua Branch

  40. Kaupokonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  41. Kaupokonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Oeo Branch

  42. Kaupokonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Skeet Road Branch

  43. Kaupokonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Sutherland Road Branch

  44. Kaupokonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Waiokura Branch

  45. Kiore Proprietary Factory

  46. Lepperton Co-operative Dairy Factory

  47. Lowgarth Co-operative Dairy Factory

  48. Mangatoki Co-operative Dairy Company - Mahoe Branch

  49. Maketawa Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  50. Maketawa Co-operative Dairy Company - Piakau Creamery

  51. Mangatoki Co-operative Dairy Company - Maire Branch

  52. Mangatoki Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  53. Mangatoki Co-operative Dairy Company - Matapu Branch

  54. Mangorei Co-operative Dairy Factory

  55. Mangorei Co-operative Dairy Company - Albert Road Creamery

  56. Manutahi Co-operative Dairy Factory

  57. Midhirst Co-operative Dairy Company - Beaconsfield Branch

  58. Midhirst Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  59. Midhirst Co-operative Dairy Company - Tariki Road Branch

  60. Midhirst Co-operative Dairy Company - Tuna Branch

  61. Midhirst Co-operative Dairy Company - Waipuku Branch

  62. Moa-nui Co-operative Dairy Factory

  63. Moa Farmers' Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory, Inglewood

  64. Moa Farmers' Co-operative Dairy Company - Dudley Road Creamery

  65. Mokau Co-operative Dairy Factory

  66. Mokoia Co-operative Dairy Factory

  67. Newall Road Co-operative Dairy Factory

  68. Ngaere Co-operative Dairy Factory

  69. Ngutuwera Co-operative Dairy Factory

  70. Normanby Co-operative Dairy Factory - 1935

  71. Normanby Co-operative Dairy Factory - 1958

  72. North Taranaki Clifton Dairy Company - Waipapa Branch

  73. North Taranaki Co-operative Dairy Company - Onaero Branch

  74. N Z Co-operative Rennet Company - Eltham

  75. Oaonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Arawhata Road Branch

  76. Oaonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Kina Road Branch

  77. Oaonui Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  78. Ohangai/Meremere Co-operative Dairy Factory

  79. Okato-Puniho Co-operative Dairy Company - Leith Road Branch

  80. Okato-Puniho Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  81. Okato-Puniho Co-operative Dairy Company - Puniho Branch

  82. Okau Co-operative Dairy Factory

  83. Omata Co-operative Dairy Factory

  84. Opua Road Co-operative Dairy Factory

  85. Opunake Co-operative Dairy Factory

  86. Oxford Co-operative Dairy Factory

  87. Patua Co-operative Dairy Factory

  88. Pihama Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Branch

  89. Pihama Co-operative Dairy Company - Patiki Branch 

  90. Pihama Co-operative Dairy Company - Waiteika Branch

  91. Rahotu Co-operative Dairy Factory

  92. Riverdale Co-operative Dairy Company 

  93. Rotokare Co-operative Dairy Company

  94. Royal Arms Proprietary Factory

  95. Royal Oak Co-operative Dairy Factory

  96. Stratford Farmers' Co-operative Dairy Company - Douglas Branch

  97. Stratford Farmers' Co-operative Dairy Company - Toko Cheese Store

  98. Stratford Farmers' Co-operative Dairy Company - Huinga Branch

  99. Stratford Farmers' Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  100. Stratford Farmers' Co-operative Dairy Company - Toko Branch

  101. T. L. Joll Co-operative Dairy Company - Kapuni Branch

  102. T. L. Joll Co-operative - Main Factory - Okaiawa

  103. T. L. Joll Co-operative Dairy Company - Offices & Bulk Store, Okaiawa

  104. T. L. Joll Co-operative Dairy Company - Palmer Road Branch

  105. T. L. Joll Co-operative Dairy Company - Taikatu Branch

  106. T. L. Joll Co-operative Dairy Company - Te Ngutu Branch

  107. T.L. Joll Co-operative Dairy Company - Tempsky Road Branch

  108. Tarata Co-operative Dairy Factory

  109. Tariki Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  110. Tariki Co-operative Dairy Company - Rugby Road Branch

  111. Tarurutangi Co-operative Dairy Factory

  112. Tikorangi Co-operative Dairy Factory

  113. Uruti Co-operative Dairy Factory

  114. Waitara Co-operative Dairy Company - Huirangi Branch  

  115. Waitara Co-operative Dairy Company - Main Factory

  116. Waitoetoe Co-operative Dairy Factory

  117. Warea Co-operative Dairy Factory

  118. Waverley Co-operative Dairy Factory

  119. Whakamara Co-operative Dairy Factory

  120. Whenuakura Co-operative Dairy Factory

  121. White Cliffs Co-operative Dairy Factory  

     

    For a list of factories demolished in the last 30 years please visit here

 

 

 

 

 

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