Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.
On 5 December, 1903, T. McGregor started a butter factory at Motu, but most of the suppliers quickly lost their enthusiasm for dairying. McPhail and de Lautour, who opened a factory in Waimata Valley in January, 1903, had a like experience.
The severe drought during the 1945–46 season greatly reduced butter production in Poverty Bay and adjacent districts. As compared with the average for the previous four years, the Kia Ora Co. suffered a decline of 28 per cent, Tolaga Bay 16 per cent., Okitu 28 per cent., Ngati-Porou 48 per cent., Nuhaka 11 per cent., and Wairoa 20 per cent. The aggregate loss was equivalent to 1,438,490 lbs. of butter.