THE NEW ZEALAND APPAREL and pack manufacturer Cactus Outdoor has announced a bold plan to ensure it survives at least as long as its famously hard-wearing outdoor gear.

The Christchurch-based company, which has made all its gear in New Zealand for the entirety of its 27 years of operation, has done something almost every other outdoor brand has said is impossible: it’s doubled down on its commitment to New Zealand-made by purchasing Albion Clothing Limited, a large-scale Christchurch-based apparel manufacturer with more than 100 employees. Albion has carved a niche making uniforms for the New Zealand Defence Force, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the New Zealand Police.

“It is super big news for the [outdoor] industry because for 20 years all we’ve had

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