A huge network of drains was dug across the Hauraki Plains to convert peaty lands into farmland. Digging drains by hand was hard, but provided work for a large number of men in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Reference: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (New Zealand), 1911, C–8
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