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Hawke Coachwork Limited was a New Zealand bus and coach body manufacturer.

Hawke Coachwork
SuccessorCoachwork International
FounderHaddon Hawke
Leslie Hawke
New Zealand
Area served
New Zealand
ProductsBus & coach bodies
Stagecoach New Zealand Hawke bodied Volvo B58 trolleybus in Wellington

Established in 1952 by brothers Haddon and Leslie Hawke[note 1] it was based on Great South Road, Takanini. It became a subsidiary of New Zealand Motor Corporation.[citation needed] In the late-1970s Australian bus manufacturer Pressed Metal Corporation acquired a minority stake in Hawke.[1] In 1980 it reported it had a staff of 185 employees.[2]

In 1983 Hawke merged with New Zealand Motor Bodies to form Coachwork International. The Takanini plant was retained, specalising in building and repairing buses for city authorities.[3]


  1. ^ Haddon Frederick Hawke (1920-2000) and Arthur Leslie Hawke (1923-1984)


  1. ^ Millar, Sean; Lynas, Ian (1983). Leyland Buses in Australia & New Zealand. Auckland: Millars Transport Books. p. 9.
  2. ^ New Zealand Business Who's Who. 22nd edition, FEP Productions, Wellington
  3. ^ CI Sizes up the Aussie Market Truck & Bus Transportation April 1987 pages 60-63

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hawke Coachwork at Wikimedia Commons