Story: Farming and the environment

New Zealand vegetation cover around 1840 (2nd of 3)

New Zealand vegetation cover around 1840

By the mid-19th century Māori had brought about significant change in the original vegetation cover, especially down the east coasts of both islands, where forest had been replaced by tussock grassland. Forest had also been cleared from large areas of the South Auckland and Waikato regions.

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Source: Malcolm McKinnon, ed., Bateman New Zealand historical atlas: ko papatuanuku e takoto nei. Auckland: David Bateman, 1997, plate 12

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Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - Early changes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/17881/new-zealand-vegetation-cover-around-1840 (accessed 18 February 2020)

Story by Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, published 24 Nov 2008