The vast Kāingaroa Forest in the central North Island is predominantly planted in radiata pine (Pinus radiata). In the early 2000s there were more than 1 million hectares of pine plantations. A native of California, Pinus radiata was introduced into New Zealand in the 19th century. It thrived, reaching maturity in around 28 years – much faster than in its native setting. The timber is widely used as a building material.
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Photograph by Lloyd Homer
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