Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Hawke’s Bay vegetation

Before humans arrived Hawke’s Bay was heavily forested. By the time Europeans settled in the region most of the forest was gone. Māori had burned some of the lowland forest, but most was destroyed by natural fires. By the 2000s almost three-quarters of the region was exotic grassland. Native forest was mainly confined to the western ranges and around Lake Waikaremoana.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/23879/hawkes-bay-vegetation (accessed 20 September 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 2 Jul 2015