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Tripping dams (1st of 2)

Tripping dams

Because of the rugged terrain and poor access, most kauri logs were transported on rivers, which were dammed at strategic points. Logs were stored on a small lake behind the dam until there were enough for the dam to be tripped, or opened. The flood would carry the logs downstream to another dam or to mills for processing. This is a dam in the Waitākere Ranges, before tripping.

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Waitakere Libraries, J. T. Diamond Collection
Reference: 2003.6.PH.4810

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Margaret McClure, 'Auckland places - Waitākere Ranges', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16111/tripping-dams (accessed 21 May 2019)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 5 Aug 2016