Story: Conifers

Hall’s tōtara log

Hall’s tōtara log

This log of Hall’s tōtara was found near a tributary of the Awatere River in the inland Kaikōura ranges. When European settlers arrived in the region in the 1860s the land was covered in shrubs and short tussock grass. The original forests, dominated by Hall’s tōtara and mountain beech, had been burnt by fires lit by Māori some 500–700 years ago.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Conifers - Tōtara group', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 October 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007