Story: Farming in the economy

Land clearance in the North Island

Land clearance in the North Island

The first stage of the transformation of bush into pasture is to fell or crush bush with heavy machinery, and then burn the debris, as is underway on this block of land near Rotorua in the 1950s. This observer, surveying the scene, is probably realising the enormity of the task.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Elizabeth Madle Collection
Reference: PA12-1580-05
Photograph by Bruce Brown

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Robert Peden, 'Farming in the economy - The golden years, 1950s to 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17638/land-clearance-in-the-north-island (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008