Most New Zealand houses were built from wood, and kauri was the most sought-after timber for this purpose. This Charles Heaphy painting depicts a logging camp on the Wairoa River, Northland, in 1839. The timber is being cut into beams and planks using the pit-sawing technique on a raised platform.
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Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.