Story: Farming and the environment

The Canterbury Plains, 1850

The Canterbury Plains, 1850

After Māori arrived in New Zealand, they altered the landscape by burning forest and cultivating crops. When European settlers arrived, the pace of change increased with the introduction of large-scale agriculture. This painting by Frederick Weld shows a scene beside the Waimakariri River in 1850.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-269-011
Watercolour by Frederick Aloysius Weld

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Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - A modified landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 October 2021)

Story by Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, published 24 Nov 2008