The sleepy town of Foxton was once home to a thriving flax-milling industry. Native flax was a vital source of durable fibre for Māori, who made it into baskets, fishing nets and clothing. An export trade began from the 1820s, and a major industry developed, with large mills around Foxton.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Foxton and the flax industry. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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