Story: Conservation – a history

Extinct geyser

Extinct geyser

Carl Leonard, a guide at Whakarewarewa, examines the site of the extinct Papakura geyser in 1986. The geyser last erupted in 1979. Growing concern about the loss of geysers during these years eventually led to the closing of all bores for domestic hot water within 1.5 kilometres of Whakarewarewa’s Pōhutu geyser.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1986/5200/20
Photograph by Merv Griffiths

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Rivers, landforms and geysers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015