An end to logging

It’s easy to forget that logging of kauri forests continued until comparatively recently. Government policy changed over the years, not only because of the dwindling resource but also in the face of mounting public pressure to save the remaining forests.

The New Kauri Policy finally came into effect on 26 February 1973. This saw felling finally cease on the Coromandel Peninsula, notably in the Manaia block, which today contains some of the best remnant stands of mature trees surviving on the Peninsula. In the early 1970’s the Forest Service planted about 40,000 kauri in the Coromandel Forest Park as part of a strategy to preserve kauri in natural and managed stands. However many of these did not survive or records of their location were lost with the restructuring of the department.

Giant kauri tree

Two timber workers dwarfed by a large kauri tree.

Photograph taken by the Northwood Brothers ca 1910s. Ref. No. 1/1-011187; G Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.