Story: Kauri gum and gum digging

Dead kauri

Dead kauri

These dead, standing kauri trees on the Coromandel Peninsula were probably killed by the practice of bleeding gum. As gum became less common in the ground, diggers started collecting it from living tree trunks. Tree climbers would cut the trees to bleed them, returning months later for the gum. Bleeding kauri was banned in all state forests in 1905, when it became obvious that it was killing many trees.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAQA 6500 Col1200

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Carl Walrond, 'Kauri gum and gum digging - Gum digging methods', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007