Story: Northland region

Digging kauri gum

Digging kauri gum

As they gradually lost their land, Māori in the north were often forced into manual work to make a living. One common occupation between 1870 and 1935 was digging for kauri gum in wetlands and swamps, where kauri forests had once stood.

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland region - Māori society: 1840–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2023)

Story by Claudia Orange, updated 1 May 2015