Pacific Brands Apparel, a division of Pacific Dunlop Holdings (NZ), is closing its Porirua factory, with the loss of 58 jobs, due to tough international competition.
Manufacturing is moving to Melbourne and warehousing, sales and marketing to Pacific Brand's New Zealand head office in Christchurch.
The factory, previously owned by American textile giant, Sara Lee Apparel, was bought by Pacific Brands Apparel in March this year.  
Playtex women's underwear and Legalong pantyhose are among the main brands made by Pacific Brands Apparel.
By Deborah Bowyer