Story: The New Zealand bush

Forest scene near Waipā

Forest scene near Waipā

This tinted lithograph by George French Angas, published in 1847, was based on his travels in the North Island in 1844. It shows several Māori on a path through the bush. Although they were originally a coastal Pacific people, the image suggests that they were at home in the New Zealand bush by the time Europeans arrived. They travelled through the forest and used it as a source of food and medicine.

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Lithograph by George French Angas

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealand bush - Attitudes to the bush', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 March 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007