Ford Motor Company Workshop

43 Seaview Road, Seaview, Lower Hutt

  • Ford Motor Company Workshop.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Helen McCracken. Date: 14/10/2001.
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    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Helen McCracken. Date: 14/10/2001.
  • 'Ford V8 motor cars on an assembly line', 1939. Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Ref no.MNZ-1566-1/2.
    Copyright: Alexander Turnbull Library. Taken By: Frank G Barker.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 3581 Date Entered 28th June 1984


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes the land described as Lot 2 DP 318203 (CT 71200), Wellington Land District and the building known as the Ford Motor Company Workshop and its fittings and fixtures.

City/District Council

Hutt City


Wellington Region

Legal description

Lot 2 DP 318203 (CT 71200), Wellington Land District


This building was constructed in 1935 for the Ford Motor Company of New Zealand Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd, and was used for the assembly of cars from imported parts. The plans were based on a standardised plan prepared in Canada, but the detailed designs of the elevations were the responsibility of the Wellington-based architects Joseph Dawson (1877-1956) and Jack King (1900-1972), of King and Dawson, who had been chosen to supervise the project. The construction was divided into a number of separate contracts and the building was barely finished when the first cars rolled off the production line in late 1936. In the following year the building was extended to meet an unexpected demand for vehicles. During the Second World War the building was used for the production of munitions and explosives, as well as the construction of army jeeps. By 1987 Ford New Zealand had moved most of its operations to their site at Wiri, Auckland, and the decision was made to decommission the Seaview plant. The plant was closed in 1988 and the building remained empty for some years. It is now used as a shop.

The design of the building has Classical elements such as the use of pilasters and triangular pediments, but also has Art Deco features in the facade of the main entrance. The building is principally brick with stucco facings. The structural steel frames, prefabricated by the Canadian Bridge Company, enabled the installation of extensive glazing including glass curtain walling on the north, east, and south elevations. The Ford Motor Company Building has significance because of its architectural qualities and its association with the Ford Motor Company in New Zealand.


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Notable Features

Glass curtain walling of the north, east and south elevations. Steel-framed butterfly roof.

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1935 - 1936

1937 -

1988 -
Ford logo removed

Original Construction
old office safe [2018] and gantries

Completion Date

15th August 2001

Report Written By

Helen McCracken

Information Sources

Wilson, 1996 (2)

John Wilson (ed.), Zeal and Crusade: The Modern Movement in Wellington, Te Waihora Press, Christchurch, 1996

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.