Story: Kauri forest

Tripping a kauri dam (3rd of 3)

Tripping a kauri dam

A dam near Piha, west of Auckland, is tripped, releasing the mass of kauri logs behind it. In remote areas, timber dams were built on streams, taking advantage of natural floods for moving felled trees out of the bush. Thousands of logs could be sent downstream when a dam or network of dams was tripped.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-001753; F

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How to cite this page:

Joanna Orwin, 'Kauri forest - Using kauri', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10038/tripping-a-kauri-dam (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007