Story: Dune lands

Farmland, Houhora

Farmland, Houhora

Drifting sands bury mānuka and flax (foreground), and pasture and stockyards behind, in Northland in 1926. A western-style movie, Riders of the red manuka, was filmed here with the dunes as a backdrop. Grazing livestock and burning in coastal areas during the late 1800s and early 1900s cleared vegetation in many coastal areas, making it easier for the wind to blow sand about.

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Carl Walrond, 'Dune lands - The ‘problem’ of drifting sands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007