Kōrero: Manawatū and Horowhenua region

Cutting flax

Cutting flax

These men are cutting flax in the Makerua swamp, for processing at the Miranui flax mill near Shannon, in 1917. Owned by the Seifert brothers, Miranui (Māori for ‘big mill’) operated from 1907 to 1933, and was the largest in the district. At its peak there were seven stripping machines and 300 men. Compared to other mills, Miranui had excellent labour relations.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Manawatū and Horowhenua region - Human impact on the environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/9469/cutting-flax (accessed 14 November 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 22 Apr 2015