About Us

We are a New Zealand owned company, established in 1884. We are a family owned business with connections dating back over thirty years. Today we are a future focused, innovative knitwear manufacturer using state of the art equipment. Our heritage, our relationships, and our skilled team of staff are at the core of what we do.

As one of Australasia's largest knitwear manufacturers, we pride ourselves on the exceptional quality of our products and services. We were there to make the 1905 Originals All Black jersey for their tour of England and Australia, and to produce puttees for our troops during WW1 - showing our dedication to the knitwear industry both historically and today.

We specialise in the design of knitwear using natural fibres, including cashmere, alpaca, angora, possum and merino, as well as super fine merino. Our garments and accessories are produced in New Zealand and marketed and distributed throughout the world.

Manawatu Knitting Mills lead the industry with state of the art technology. The use of ‘whole garment’ technology, plus a highly skilled workforce with decades of industry experience, means our products are produced to the highest quality standards - so our customers can expect the best.

Our products are 100% New Zealand made and the fibres we use are drawn from around our beautiful country. Because of this, Manawatu Knitting Mills is dedicated to the preservation of our country’s unique environment.


A constant drive for innovation and new ideas has seen Manawatu Knitting Mills survive the twists and turns of over 140 years, mirroring New Zealand’s coming of age from a colony to a nation.

While other manufactures have made the decision to move off shore, Manawatu Knitting Mills has always been determined to remain a New Zealand Business in every sense.

Adapting and changing with the market demands has been the driving force of the success of our business.

We are a family owned business with connections dating back over 30 years. We pride ourselves on our innovation, our support of local industry and fibre, and most importantly, our connection to the people who ensure the industry that we occupy continues to thrive – our customers.