Story: Logging native forests

Māori timber workers

Māori timber workers

Māori timber workers stand with Europeans outside an early water-powered sawmill in this 1840s engraving of a drawing by Samuel Charles Brees. Māori were involved in the timber industry from its earliest days, first hauling logs and loading them onto ships, later felling and milling trees. In the first half of the 19th century they often controlled the timber trade in their tribal areas, bargaining with Europeans over cutting rights, port fees and labour.

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Hand-coloured engraving after a drawing by Samuel Charles Brees

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Logging native forests - The timber trade before 1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007