Story: Logging native forests

Location of North Island sawmills, 1907 (1st of 2)

By March 1907 there were 411 sawmills throughout New Zealand, and over 7,000 people engaged in logging and milling work. Magnify this map to see the number and location of sawmills (marked in red) in each district of the North Island. The kauri industry of Northland and Coromandel was beginning to wane, and the forests of the central North Island had not yet been exploited. However, there were many sawmills in the lower half of the island, particularly in Taranaki, Manawatū and Wairarapa.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Logging native forests - The timber industry, 1840–1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007