Story: Regional economies

Kauri mill on the Kaipara, around 1907 (1st of 2)

Kauri mill on the Kaipara, around 1907

The kauri timber business dominated the upper North Island regional economy until depletion saw it give way to farming – increasingly so from around 1920. Large steam-driven sawmills like this supplied timber for both domestic and overseas buyers.

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The Kauri Museum, Matakohe
Reference: 1996.373.218.W2

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Regional economies - Development of regional economies, 1850 to 1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 July 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 11 Mar 2010