Story: Fire and agriculture

Fern garden, Mt MacKay

Fern garden, Mt MacKay

Julius Haast’s painting of Mt MacKay at Lake Rotoroa illustrates Māori agricultural burning practice. The fern garden in the foreground could only have been maintained by regular burning, to prevent the nearby forest from reclaiming it.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-108-034
Ink and wash drawing by Johann Franz Julius von Haast

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Robert Peden, 'Fire and agriculture - Fire and Māori agriculture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2020)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008