Story: Logging native forests

Drawing of a kauri tree

Drawing of a kauri tree

Eighteenth-century European explorers took great interest in the new plants and animals they found. Some likened the kauri tree to the northern hemisphere cedar. This drawing of a kauri tree, with the female and male cones on either side, was made by an unknown artist and published in Frenchman Julien Crozet’s 1783 book Voyage à la mer du sud. Crozet was the second-in-command on explorer Marc Joseph Marion du Fresne’s voyage to New Zealand in 1771–72.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Logging native forests - Centuries of change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/12731/drawing-of-a-kauri-tree (accessed 26 April 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007