About Manawatu Knitting Mills

One of Australasia's largest knitwear manufacturers

Over 135-year tradition of creating finely crafted garments and accessories.

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.

With leading edge technology and skilled artisans, designs can be simulated to meet specific customer requirements then transferred directly toknitting machines.

Our technicians and designers embrace the world’s best technology and design.


Established in 1884 by John Stubbs when he produced hosiery in a converted farm house, we have grown with Manawatu and with New Zealand.
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.
We are a family owned business with connections dating back over 30 years.
Our heritage, our relationships and our team of more than 50 skilled staff are at the core of what we do.

What We do

Manawatu Knitting Mills use natural fibres to produce a large variety of high-quality knitwear.

Whether you are in the office or the outdoors, Manawatu Knitting Mills produce a garment to suit all situations.

We manufacture garments in pure wool, lamb’s wool and merino. We lead the industry in crafting possum and merino products.

Our skilled team use cutting-edge technology to create practical and appealing designs. We are responsive and able to fulfil small batch orders at short notice.

We supply superior, high quality, unique, New Zealand-made knitwear to around 300 stores 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.

We use 100% recycled paper for all our printing of major garment and accessory packaging. Evolve is an environmentally sustainable paper made from FSC certified 100% post-consumer recycled pulp. It is manufactured in a chlorine free (PCF) method to strict ISO14001 Environmental standards.


Kiwi Recovery Programme

Sadly, our iconic national bird, the Kiwi, is at risk.

Manawatu Knitting Mills supports the 'Kiwi Recovery Programme' in Rotorua where a team of dedicated people have, over the years, successfully reared 1500 Kiwi chicks.

On an ongoing basis, Manawatu Knitting Mills adopts and name kiwis. We significantly contribute to the rearing process undertaken by the staff at the Kiwi Recovery Centre.

Our team takes great pride in the progress of each chick and in the knowledge that we are helping the survival of Kiwi.




Visit our showroom:
Manawatu Knitting Mills
38 Bennett Street
Palmerston North, 4412
New Zealand

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Ph.: +64 6 357 7029