Story: Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions

Forest cover around 1840 (2nd of 2)

Forest cover around 1840

The New Zealand bush did not provide as much food as forests in tropical Polynesia. Significant bush clearance went on in the North and South islands, usually by burning. This was to clear land for horticulture and also to promote the growth of aruhe (fern root).

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Source: Malcolm McKinnon, ed., Bateman New Zealand historical atlas: kopapatuanuku e takotonei. Auckland: David Bateman, 1997, plate 12

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Basil Keane, 'Te ohanga onamata a rohe – economic regions - Tradable commodities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 October 2023)

Story by Basil Keane, published 11 Mar 2010