Threads of Tomorrow - NZ Industry Value Report 2024

Threads of Tomorrow tells a compelling story.

It shows the industry is a core pillar of New Zealand's creative and commercial economy and is made up of a complex ecosystem of textiles, design, manufacturing, retailing, education and media.

The report highlights for the first time the industry's significant value and contribution to New Zealand, its great potential to contribute to the country's future prosperity and charts a course for the industry to reach a thriving and circular future.

  • $7.8b to the economy in 2023
  • 1.9% of GDP - contributing more to GDP than supermarkets and specialty foods, more than building construction
  • 76,000 workers employed, and $4.4b paid in wages
  • 78% female workforce shows women's economic advancement intrinsically linked to industry

The report recommends opportunities to address industry challenges and grow the industry's contribution to NZ, and it puts forward a bold vision for the industry to collectively work towards - a thriving and circular future.

15 recommendations across 4 action areas are proposed.