New Zealand Learning Adventures

Early Timber Industries


Milling has a proud heritage built on  generations of experienced workers and skilled technicians. 

Communities here grew among the wetlands and river valleys where trees thrived.  A huge demand for timber came from the nearby gold rush and coal mining towns.

As giant native trees were taken farmers came and cleared land for grass.

By the 1970's conservationists alarmed at the loss of a unique natural forests closed the industry causing local outrage.  This swipe delivered another boost to the demise of communities everywhere. Proud, skilled workers lost their incomes and their homes. 

We explore the issues see the consequences and look at the effect of new support to change the industries that support the declining communities.  A visit to the Shantytown timber mill, helps us recall those important days.  

See also
Declining settlements
Milling in Desert and Adventure Zone


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