Story: Volcanic Plateau region

Planting Whakarewarewa Forest

Planting Whakarewarewa Forest

Whakarewarewa Forest was a government project which started in 1899, to provide timber for the upper North Island as stands of native timber were exhausted. These workers are posing before or after their working day. The range of outfits was characteristic of Māori of the time, and gives some of them an oddly contemporary look.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Volcanic Plateau region - The changing landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 March 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 May 2015