Land was purchased from Rangitāne by the government in the 1860s and 1870s and sold to European settlers. The dense forest that covered much of this land was then cleared to make way for farms. This photograph shows the aftermath of bush clearing at Matamau, near Dannevirke, in the 1880s.
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