Story: Marutūahu tribes

Gold extraction works, Paeroa (3rd of 3)

Gold extraction works, Paeroa

This photograph of a gold extraction plant at Paeroa, taken around 1910, shows the water pollution that resulted from the processing of gold. Quartz rock was pounded to a fine grit and a solution of cyanide was passed through this to extract the gold. The waste sand and chemicals were then discharged directly into waterways. Rivers, once an important source of food for Māori, became sludge channels.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William Archer Price Collection (PAColl-3057)
Reference: 1/2-000566
Photograph by Fred E. Flatt

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Marutūahu tribes - Resources of the Hauraki region', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4024/gold-extraction-works-paeroa (accessed 18 January 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017