Kōrero: Fire and agriculture

Tussock-burning, 1959

From the 1930s there was increasing criticism of burning in tussock grasslands and high country. This 1959 clip presents the case against burning and proposes that firing the tussock, in association with overgrazing, led to mass erosion. Since the mid-1970s, scientists using evidence from pollen, botanical and landform studies have shown that high-country erosion pre-dates European settlement.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Mountain land in jeopardy. National Film Unit, 1959

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Robert Peden, 'Fire and agriculture - Burning and erosion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/15218/tussock-burning-1959 (accessed 16 August 2022)

He kōrero nā Robert Peden, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008