Between Tiwai Point, Marsden Point, Glenbrook, and now Kawerau, the potential job losses for heavy industry are starting to stack up.
But is industry on death's door in New Zealand? And what's to blame?
Onerous regulation as some suggest, or is it the reality of being a tiny island at the bottom of the world during a time of global upheaval?
Timothy Brown has been looking into it, and has this report.